Handmade Art

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Handmade Art

Here we would like to highlight and refer to the powerful Armenian women, who have always been a little shy, humble but could preserve and create not only lives but also art worthy of admiration. Unique, authentic and artistic handmade creations express the essence of the national spirit of Artsakh women. This art has evolved and obtained specific national features in a typical classical medieval IV-XIV centuries. Times were not always that bright, and even under the light of candles, in the cold hut our grandmothers had the nerve and heart to create perfect works of art. From wall decorations, blankets, towels, tablecloths, skillfully embroidered curtains and more these creations graced life, creating a kind of comfort, peace and warmth. 

Every girl before marriage wove and embroidered items for dowry, and collected them all in canvas bag - boghchah. The boghchah itself was a masterpiece of needlework. "...Fabrics and colors created by Artsakh women, cannot be compared with anything," - wrote the Arab historian Al-Maksuddasi. 

Women widely used simple stitch, chain, cross, knots, quiet, rococo seam over the edge and different types of yarns - cotton, linen, silk, wool. Often in the process of creativity needlewoman used beads, pearls, gems, sequins, 

coins that made them look even more precious.

In various tissues, leather, it seemed like they created images, patterns, narrative paintings, portraits. Embroidery decorated even horse blanket. Needlewoman wove lace needlework without the use of tools, on the fingers. This is where the magic comes from! 

A special warm place in the knitting takes Gulpa (socks). Unique designs make them true masterpieces. Both sides of gulpa, top and bottom, have white square-shaped patterns, rounded with knit openwork patterns. Even nowadays, each house has something from "grandmother's dowry" - embroidered pillow lace veil, a pair of Gulpa etc. Today, traditional craft is being taught in Stepanakert arts school having the mission to restore and preserve this art for younger generations. Some villages also cherish the traditions of Artsakh needlework. Modern Artsakh handicrafts can be found in souvenir shops and boutiques, as well as in House Museum of Nikol Duman and Ethnographic District in the village Tsahkashat of Askeran region, a monument of folk art.

Gandzasar