8 Hohloma: Honey Color Wooden Dishes

Hohloma: Honey Color Wooden Dishes


Hohloma is a Russian folk craft that has been existing for 300 years already. Today we'll tell you some facts about the phenomenon which is unique both for Russia and for the world art.

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The craft was born on the territory of the present Nizhny Novgorod region.

Inhabitants of the villages have always been busy with painting of wooden utensils.

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Local craftsmen knew how to turn simple wooden utensils into golden ones.

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Traditional technique has undergone some changes in modern times when a finished utensil acquires the color of honey under the influence of high temperature. The color combined with a metal layer seems golden.

The utensils do not only look beautiful, they are also very solid.

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Hohloma utensils can handle high temperatures without any damage to the lacquer or paint.

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Our contemporaries are trying to make the ancient technology more perfect choosing materials that are more suitable for thermal treatment.

Assortment of hohloma utensils is as follows: cups, plates, spoons, barrels and salt cellars.

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Nowadays they also make pictures, panels, tureens and salad-dishes.

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Craftsmen use several variants of hohloma utensils processing. They can choose different temperature regimen, duration of drying and artistic devices.

The utensils are made of lime, aspen and birch. Models are made of dried wood.

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As soon as a utensil is ready, it is dried again and only then it is sent to a finisher who prepares it for painting.

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8 Responses to “Hohloma: Honey Color Wooden Dishes”

  1. Mr. Fox says:

    First photo – Isn’t it army canteen?

  2. Georgia says:

    Beautiful.

  3. Fernando says:

    Estan super lindos los trabajos

  4. Y5K says:

    For russian, the red star with hammer and sickle seems to become an icon of power and influence that former Soviet union ever had over the whole world, not the icon of the communism as a wrong political system compelling people to be in hardtime anymore.

    Russian surely want democracy, nevertheless, I think that on the other hand they want a kind of dictatorship(?) that may endanger the democracy(of viewpoint of western nations), to recover the formal glory of Soviet era.(not for their personal success or achievement.)

    But that’s understandable. because I don’t think the democracy in Russia is to be the same as western’s.

    In some of “highly democratized” western countries, too many people don’t understand the difference between
    freedom and self-indulgence.

    But that’s OK, because they are people. They have the right to talk what they want to talk. The problem is
    that their leaders don’t understand it either.

    Those leaders regard their government just as nothing but a administration center.

    In those country, so many people don’t care about their national affairs, nor public interest. Few of them
    appriciate or respect those who serve their country.

    For them, there are only individuals in the world, no such things like fatherland, patriots, etc. And even more, these kind of tendency or atmosphere is spreading amoung people.

    Seeking after democracy is of course a good thing, but never ignore the dark side of it.

    In terms of result, radical democracy is nothing but a radical communism.

  5. Mr. Cool says:

    I have a large coffee mug made like that. I don’t use it very often because it leaves a wooden taste.

  6. OldBikr says:

    Nice work.

  7. too much vodka says:

    Hohloma is definitely a Ukrainian and not a Russian word.

  8. neznau says:

    no it’s not

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