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The use of vegetation in enamel work for Russian tiaras.  Could also use these for embroidery.

The use of vegetation in enamel work for Russian tiaras. Could also use these for embroidery.

Urban costume from Veles (Central Macedonia).  Late-Ottoman, circa 1900.  Goldwork embroidery on velvet.  Macedonia was a part of the Ottoman Empire until 1913.

Urban costume from Veles (Central Macedonia). Late-Ottoman, circa 1900. Goldwork embroidery on velvet. Macedonia was a part of the Ottoman Empire until 1913.

Depictions of the goddess are common in Russian embroidery, traditionally associated with fertility. Birds are associated with goddess worship for their proximity to divine beings through their home in the sky. A smaller daughter or minor goddess often accompanies the great goddess in embroideries intended to represent reproductive fertility. This language of visual motifs originated in Pagan times and continued to be used in embroidery after the Christianization of Russia. Later depictions…

Depictions of the goddess are common in Russian embroidery, traditionally associated with fertility. Birds are associated with goddess worship for their proximity to divine beings through their home in the sky. A smaller daughter or minor goddess often accompanies the great goddess in embroideries intended to represent reproductive fertility. This language of visual motifs originated in Pagan times and continued to be used in embroidery after the Christianization of Russia. Later depictions…

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