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Semionovskaya Matryoshka

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Semionov town became quite a big matryosh-ka making centre. This type of matryoshka is called Semionovskaya.r Among contributors to the matryoshkas of Semionov are the Mayorovs. They were a toy making family from the village of Merinovo, located near Semionov. The masters of Merinovo were always famous for their turning wares. They made wooden utensils, rattles, balls and apples. In 1922 Arsenty Fedorovich Mayorov brought an unpainted matryoshka from the fair in Nizhny Novgorod. His elder daughter Luba used a quill to make an outline and coloured it with red dye. She placed a bright red flower resembling an oxeye daisy in the centre. She painted a kokoshnik on the matryoshka's head. Almost twenty years the matryoshka makers of Merinovo were the best in the area of Nizhny Novgorod. In 1 93 1 an artel which made souvenirs including matryoshkas was established in Semionov.

Gradually a distinct matryoshka type of Semionov was developed. It was more decorative and symbolic than the matryoshkas of Sergiev Posad. Semionov's traditions go back to the floral ornament of ancient Russia. The painters of Semionov used aniline dyes. They left quite a lot of unpainted space and varnished matryoshkas. First of all, light touches of the brush mark the outlines of the face, eyes, the lines of the lips and apply color to the cheeks. Then a skirt, an apron, a scarf on the matryoshka’s head and hands are drawn

An apron is considered to be the main thing in painting of Semionov. A bright bouquet of flowers is painted on it. It is possible to recognize the technique of old Russian masters. The early matryoshkas of Semionov were more in the spirit of old Russian painting traditions, the lines were more graphic and lighter. Later the bouquet was suffused with the sap of the grass, and became more dense, colorful and graphic. At present, three colors predominate in the decorations - red, blue and yellow which appear in various combinations in the scarf, sarafan and apron. The colour solution of the bouquet is the main feature in the matryoshkas of Semionov. It sets the tone for the whole colour scheme. Traditionally, the bouquet is painted on the aprone asymmetrically, bit to the right of the centre. The decoration of the matryoshkas of Semionov is original and unique. A painter brings something new to each matryoshka style. The matryoshkas of the Volga area bear an imprint of ancient, folk culture which is developed by modern craftsmen. The turners of Semionov invented their own shape of matryoshka which differs from the matryoshkas of Sergiev Posad. It is more slender, it has a relatively thin top which widens sharply into a thick bottom.

The matryoshkas of Semionov are famous for containing many pieces (15-18 varicoloured dolls). The biggest matryoshka which contains 72 pieces-0.5 m (1.5 feet) in diameter and 1 m (3 feet) high =was turned in Semionov.

'Russian Lad' and 'Russian Lass' twin matryoshkas are very original. They are more slender than usual matryoshkas of Semionov, dressed in traditional Russian costumes: the lass wears a scarf instead of kokoshnik and the lad wears a peaked cap. 'The Russian woman', 'The Good Family Man', 'The Russian Lad' and others are famous matryoshkas of Semionov. The craftsmen turned and painted matryoshkas at home till 1929. Then the craftsmen of Semionov and nearby villages formed a toy-making artel. Initially it included not more than 20 people. Now souvenir workshops of Semionov are the biggest centre in Russia where matryoshkas are made.

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