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The talisman helps develop womanhood more completely.

Embroidery kit consists of:
* Velour towel 12”x19.5” (embroidery part 12"x2.5")
* Needle, thread
* Graph, instructions
* ethnographic description of design

There are two different types of towels in Russian village traditions. A towel of the first type, called a “roushnik”, was used for practical purposes. (ex: drying one’s hands, wiping tables, etc.) A towel of the second type, or “plat”, was for rituals only. It was strictly prohibited to use plats as regular towels. Plats were believed to work as talismans- they could protect a child from disease or spiritual harm, bring love and harmony to a family, help to find a good job offer, etc. The patterns of Plats were treasured and passed on to other generations with care to ensure minimum change in the pattern. It was believed that this helped retain the magic in the Plat. Russians believed that the most important places of people’s homes such as a baby's cradle, newlyweds' room, or workspace of a craftsman should be decorated with these Plats. A dowry of a peasant bride ordinarily included 30-40 plats with different symbols for various situations and purposes. Plats were traditional gifts used to express respect, gratitude, or friendliness.

This pattern is created by white lines on a red background. Russian peasants used this particular color choice especially for embroidery dedicated to Mother Earth and ancestral spirits. The white figures in the middle and edges of the pattern represent Mother Earth as the giver of fertility and life force. However, this symbol can also be interpreted as “having many intelligent, healthy children, and retaining your youth.” The two pictographs on either side of the central Mother Earth symbolize sacrifices to the ancestors. During the Pre-Christian era in Russia, sacrifices were thought of as trade-offs; the people would present the spirits with a sacrifice, and they, in turn would give the people protection. Perhaps the simplest way to translate this symbol is “the blessing and guidance of ancestors.”

Blessing of Mother Earth and Ancestors, embroidery kit to make true Russian talisman for women

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  • Materials: velour towel, thread, needle
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