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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.

The central figure, as well as the two on the edges of the talisman, symbolize the sacrifice to the Sun God. Also, this implicates that the Sun God will always accept the offering. Furthermore, that then leads to the deity granting the one who sacrificed energy, luck, and power. (Before the arrival of Christianity 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 whatever they needed.) The two ‘crossed-out diamonds’ on either side of the central symbol stand for fields of grain that are filled with the sun’s energy. Another translation of the pictograph is the sacred marriage of the Sun and Earth. Peasants believed that this image guaranteed plentiful harvest. In simpler terms, the entire design signifies that the Sun and Earth are obliged to maintain beneficial conditions for a harvest. This design was believed to help the main form of work that takes place. (ex: for peasants in ancient Russia it was farming, nowadays it is a person’s job.)

Successfull Business and Education, embroidery kit to make true Russian talisman

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  • Materials: needle, thread, velour towel
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