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#293385 06/27/08 04:26 PM
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Embroidery Icons were particularly popular in Western Ukraine during the Soviet occupation. The detail of some of the embroidered icons found on this web site are quite amazing.

http://www.blazejowskyj.org/index.php?D=1

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Was it still illegal to be in possession of the "religious propaganda"?

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Most definitely. Any visible symbol of the practice of one's religion could be grounds for confiscation and/or arrest, whether the symbol was on wood or embroidered into a cloth.

Cloth/parchment images have been historically very popular amongst the Ethiopians and Copts.
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I have a copy of the 9th set of patterns by Fr. Dmytro, published by Svichado. They're quite impressive. Thanks for sharing this link!

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Here are some ebroidered icons from a museum in the Zarpattia Oblast (Carpatho-Ukraine, Carpatho-Rus, etc...). The museum also has an amazing collection of Rusyn/Ukrainian costumes:

http://tozak.org.ua/Em_tabl4.html

During the past century, embroidered iconography became in many ways a substitute for the more traditional oils on canvass. Immediately after the "fraternal liberation" by the Soviets, many Ukrainian villages had their icons looted / stolen by the Soviets and subsequently sold in capitalist countries. Replacing the stolen icons was near impossible. There was a lack of iconographers, and those who practiced the profession were under strick governmet control - so the smaller churches had 'zero' chance of obtaining new icons. However, almost every village woman and many artisans could embroider and threads could be manufactured and often purchased. Embroidered icons were a realistic option for many villages.

Also, religious figures, notably those commonly found outside of the 'official religion' of the Soviet Union - The Russian Orthodox Church - where seen as being outward signs of "bourgeoise nationalism" (BN). Of course "BN" could get you into trouble with the Soviets, so better to have a nice icon you can roll up and hide away for clandestine Divine Liturgies.

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