“The Orenburg Downy Shawl in Belgium”

Orenbourg Regional Museum of Fine Arts
 “The Orenburg Downy Shawl in Belgium”
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January 21 – February 28

 “The Orenburg Downy Shawl in Belgium”

In January 2021, the Orenburg Regional Museum of Fine Arts, the only art museum in the Orenburg region, presents a photography exhibition "The Orenburg Downy Shawl in Belgium". The Orenburg Museum of Fine Arts has the one and only collection of Orenburg shawls in Russia.

The production of these shawls are famous all over the world and are made in the Orenburg region, in the center of Russia, on the border of Europe and Asia. There are several types of shawls. There is the thick and warm shawl and a thinner and delicate version, known as "cobweb". These shawls are the result of a perfect association between the local conception of beauty and harmony and the unique characteristics of the down of Orenburg goats. Nowhere else can one find such warm, light and delicate shawls. The women brush the goats themselves, do the spinning by hand, and knit the shawls with needles. Orenburg shawls have been presented at World's Fairs in Canada and Japan and at international exhibitions in Algeria, Belgium, Syria, Greece, France, England, Austria, Spain, India and Switzerland.

The Brussels World's Fair in 1958 played a particularly important role for the Orenbourg shawls.

56 countries presented their products during this exhibition. Yelets and Vologda laces and Ryazan embroideries were a remarkable success. The white and grey shawls of the Orenburg masters did not go unnoticed in this festive and colorful exhibition. The international jury awarded the Orenburg craftswomen with a Great Silver Medal.

All those who have touched an Orenbourg shawl at least once in their lives speak of a true miracle. They leave no woman around the world indifferent, regardless of nationality, religion and age.

This exhibition lets you discover the downy masterpieces from the collection of the Orenburg Museum of Fine Arts. It highlights the work of Orenbourg artisans, a true art that requires high quality and artistic standards, which are characteristic of this shawl production known throughout the world.

We invite you to the workshop of the craftswoman R.S Goumerova, who inherited her craft from her ancestors, on the knitting of the Orenbourg shawl, which will take place on January 28th at 6:00 pm online.

In Russian and English

Register via this link: Регистрация / Registration

Ministry of Culture of the Orenbourg region.

Orenbourg Regional Museum of Fine Arts

 

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