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Russian Embroidered Iconography - WOW! #180699
11/04/04 09:15 PM
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Here's a site I just came across:

http://ubrus.ru/index.php

Yes, it is all in Russian, but the pictures will speak for themselves.

This site is for an iconographic embroidery workshop and school. I am floored by what I see.

Be sure to check out these sections:

http://ubrus.ru/gallery/categories.php?cat_id=1

http://ubrus.ru/gallery/categories.php?cat_id=22

Dave

Re: Russian Embroidered Iconography - WOW! #180700
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The plashchanitsya from Ostrog Monastery is absolutely breathtaking. Thanks, Dave.

Re: Russian Embroidered Iconography - WOW! #180701
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Dear Dave,

These are very beautiful. smile

Can you or anyone else here tell me a little more about the background and usage of embroidered iconography. I love to learn about other cultures and their traditions. Thanks!

In Christ our Lord,
Alice

Re: Russian Embroidered Iconography - WOW! #180702
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Hi Alice

I know a little bit about it.

In the rural areas of Russia, Ukraine, Central Europe, the people very often couldn't afford to buy ikons with the overlays so they started to do the embrodered covers and then it kinda took off from there....

Hope this helps...

mark

ps

who is the lady from New Hampshire, I think, who does the embroidered ikons?

I saw her work a couple of years ago in DC and was floored!!! I thought I was looking at a painted ikon until I got up close....


the ikon writer
Re: Russian Embroidered Iconography - WOW! #180703
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Thanks Mark! smile

I wonder if they also adorned small country chapels?

In Christ,
Alice

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Alice, we got it from the Greeks! You guys started it all with the richly sewn Epitaphios for Christ and the Theotokos. biggrin

Besides the Epitaphios/Plashchanitsya, there has always been a strong tradition amongst the Slavic people with regard to embroidery. Banners, altar cloths, vestments, etc. are still hand embroidered by Slavic (and some non-Slavs such as the Romanians), shirts, "rushnyky" or towels to place over icons, use in wedding and other services, etc.

My wife, who is a devoted cross-stitcher, reminds me it is one of the true Christian crafts, as the very heart of every stitch is the Cross.

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Alice,

As Diak said, embroidered iconography of this sort was inherited from Byzantium. Some excellent examples (coming from Byzantium, Greece, Serbia, and Russia) were at the "Byzantium: Faith and Power" exhibit at the Met. The Russians continued this artform. The fall of Communism seems to have allowed this and other ecclesiastical arts to be renewed.

Also, these sort of embroidered icons are quite different (and MUCH more expensive) than the "folk style" cross-stitched variety common among Ukrainians and other Eastern Europeans.

Mark,

The woman in New Hampshire you are remembering is Matushka (insert first name here) Tregubov.

Dave

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Out of curiosity, how much do they sell their icons for?

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For a few simpler icons, used in the Underground Church, see this page:

http://www.ichistory.org/churchex/church18.html

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Originally posted by Medved:
who is the lady from New Hampshire, I think, who does the embroidered ikons?
Mark,

Matushka Galina and Father Andrew, her husband, have a website at Tregubov Studios . Among the items that they offer are iconic embroidery kits and an instruction book by Matuska on iconographic embroidery.

I visited their parish, Holy Resurrection , in Claremont, NH, once, while chauffering my oldest daughter to some event at Dartmouth. It was an extremely friendly, multi-ethnic community. The parish's history is very interesting as a window into the type of difficulties that many RO parishes underwent during the years surrounding the Revolution in Russia.

Father Andrew is himself an iconographer, an author, and a visiting lecturer at St. Vladimir's. Earlier this year, he celebrated 25 years as a priest and as Pastor of Holy Resurrection. May God grant them both many years.

Many years,

Neil


"One day all our ethnic traits ... will have disappeared. Time itself is seeing to this. And so we can not think of our communities as ethnic parishes, ... unless we wish to assure the death of our community."
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Neil

I am utterly compelled to ask - is there someone you do not know ?

Thanks for the link to the Trebugov Studios - they even have e-cards and one is available for a Saint who gove me incredible problems earlier this year [ I have a habit , as some folk know wink , of sending Icon e-cards on occasions ] The Site is now bookmarked !

Anhelyna

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Neil,
That is an awesome site.
Thanks,
Pani Rose

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Originally posted by Our Lady's slave of love:
I am utterly compelled to ask - is there someone you do not know ?

Thanks for the link to the Trebugov Studios - they even have e-cards and one is available for a Saint who gove me incredible problems earlier this year
Anhelyna,

Now that's a question that's usually asked of Alex wink . I can't say that I know the good Father or Matushka. I met them once, extremely briefly, after Liturgy - which must be some five years ago - I'd hardly be among their memories.

Nah, I don't know that many folks at all, except Melkite clergy. I do know of a lot of folks and even more websites though and, I must admit, there aren't a lot of the latter that I can't find given the need to do so.

Don't you just hate it when a Saint gives you problems :p .

Rose,

I thought you might find it of interest. Probably a lot less expensive to do a make-it-yourself embroidered icon than to purchase an original.

Many years,

Neil


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Two Lungs I just caught your post. Thanks for sharing a part of history so many of us never think about.

Pani Rose


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