Ethnography

Patchwork embroidery in Yuryevets

The city of Yuravets on the Upper Volga is almost 800 years old. People in the area have always cultivated flax and local seamstresses were known all over for their skills. In the 21st century seamstresses don’t weave, but make multi-coloured patchwork quilts from scraps of material. Although quilting is a craft done all over the world, different peoples began doing it at different points in time and for varying reasons. In Russia, for example, there is manual of rules, advice and instructions from the 16th century called “Domostroy,” which includes detailed descriptions of different cuts of dresses, how to best sort and save scraps of fabric and how to repair ready-made clothing. In the 20th century, patchwork became a kind of art – it served as a type of welcome for avant-garde and futuristic artists and has nowadays become a popular hobby.

Director Il'ya Petrov

Presenter Denis Golovko

Year 2013

Duration 00:13:46

Director Il'ya Petrov

Presenter Denis Golovko

The city of Yuravets on the Upper Volga is almost 800 years old. People in the area have always cultivated flax and local seamstresses were known all over for their skills. In the 21st century seamstresses don’t weave, but make multi-coloured patchwork quilts from scraps of material. Although quilting is a craft done all over the world, different peoples began doing it at different points in time and for varying reasons. In Russia, for example, there is manual of rules, advice and instructions from the 16th century called “Domostroy,” which includes detailed descriptions of different cuts of dresses, how to best sort and save scraps of fabric and how to repair ready-made clothing. In the 20th century, patchwork became a kind of art – it served as a type of welcome for avant-garde and futuristic artists and has nowadays become a popular hobby.

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