This lovely Russian hand crafted pencil or watch box is made out of Linden Wood with inlaid straw. The artist uses rye straw to create the detailed architectural scene of the Russian Orthodox Monastery and the Cathedral of Dormition with its famous traditional Onion Domes from the city of Tikhvin on the lid of the box. The word TIKHVIN is written in Russian out of straw on the lid of the box.
Tikhvin is a town located on both banks of the Tikhvinka river. The name of the city originates from a combination of two words from the Veps language: "tikh" and "vin" mean "road" and "market" respectively; i.e., road to the market. The city is located on an ancient commercial river way. Its location is at the intersection of trade routes which connected the Volga River with Lake Ladoga. In 1507-1515, funded by prince Vasili III of Moscow, on the spot of the burnt wooden church, Dmitri Syrkov of Novgorod constructed the monumental stone Cathedral of Dormition, which stands to this day.
These boxes are incredible to see in person and each one comes with a note translated from the artists. This nice sized box measures approximately 8.5 inches by 2.25 inches by 1.25 inches deep. WHAT A FABULOUS RUSSIAN SOUVENIR!
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A NOTE FROM THE ARTISANS:
THE STORY OF RUSSIAN INLAID STRAW BOXES AND STRAW INCRUSTATION
Your inlaid straw box was made in the Ural Mountains of Russia in the city of Kirov. The boxes range from 60x60x30mm up to 200x200x200mm. They are made of all natural materials. The wood is Linden Wood and is dried for two years before it is cut into the shape of the box. First the wooden core of the box is created. Then the box is covered with several layers of nut and lacquer substances. It is only after that point that the incrustators begin their meticulous work. Innovative methods of incrustation allow them to achieve high quality and sophistication. For incrustation they use thinly shredded pieces of rye straw, which is first bleached and treated with heat in order to get the different shades of color. It takes 300 to 15,000 pieces of straw in order to create a design, depending on the box’s size. Incrustators manually carve and apply each of the pieces to the box. The patterns of pictures used in the creation of the boxes are approved by the Russian Artistic Council, which testifies to their high artistic value.