Torzhok gold embroidery

Torzhok gold embroidery
Torzhok gold embroidery

Famous for its gold embroidery, the ancient city of Torzhok in Tver region has always been considered the pride of Russia. This ancient city was founded by Novgorod merchants at the end of XI century. The location was convenient, at the intersection of trade routes. No one passed by, every traveler bought or sold something, and no one left here without miraculous gold embroidery. The country’s only institution that trains masters of gold embroidery is Torzhok art school. Torzhok still maintains and develops the traditions of goldwork masters.

Wise cat. Torzhok gold embroidery
Wise cat. 

In Torzhok everybody was engaged in gold embroidering – wealthy nobles, daughters of merchants, ordinary citizens, poor peasants. Gold embroidery was considered a real art. Everyone bragged to each other whose textile was embroidered richer.

Coat-of-Arms Torzhok gold embroidery
Coat-of-Arms was approved October 10, 1780, together with other arms of the city of Tver governorship. “In a blue field three silver and three gold doves in red collars.”
Torzhok gold embroidery
Torzhok maintains and develops the traditions of goldwork masters

Once Catherine II herself decided to visit Torzhok. Local craftswomen knew how to surprise the queen. Of course it was gold embroidery. They decided to make for her a dress of blue satin and embroider gold lilies on it. Catherine loved the dress so much that took craftswoman who made such a miracle, with her to St. Petersburg. In St. Petersburg Catherine selected 19 most beautiful girls, sent them to learn the skill to Torzhok. She said that beautiful things should be created only by beautiful people.

Reduced copy of the dress of Catherine the Great. Torzhok gold embroidery
Reduced copy of the dress of Catherine the Great. This dress was so pleased to Catherine that, contrary to court etiquette, it was put on twice
Angels dancing. Torzhok gold embroidery
Angels dancing. 
Clothes decorated with goldwork
Clothes decorated with goldwork
Collar of cardigan. Embroidered with gold thread. Torzhok. 19 century. Folk Art Museum. Moscow
Collar of cardigan. Embroidered with gold thread. 19 century. Folk Art Museum. Moscow
Delicate angel. The Gold embroidery school in Torzhok
Delicate angel. The Gold embroidery school
Embroidered boots. The museum of Gold embroidery school in Torzhok
Embroidered boots. The museum of Gold embroidery school
Embroidered folk dresses. The museum of Gold embroidery school in Torzhok
Embroidered folk dresses. The museum of Gold embroidery school
Firebird. Represented in the museum of Gold embroidery school in Torzhok
Firebird. Represented in the museum of Gold embroidery school in Torzhok
Gold embroidered folk dress. The museum of Gold embroidery school in Torzhok
Embroidered folk dress. The museum of Gold embroidery school in Torzhok
golden boots
Boots
golden carpet
golden carpet
Gold-school students work
students work
Gold-school students work
Gold-school students work
Icon in the museum of Gold embroidery school in Torzhok
Icon in the museum 
Saint Trinity. The museum of Gold embroidery school in Torzhok
Saint Trinity. 
The museum of Gold embroidery school in Torzhok. Students' work
The museum of Gold embroidery school in Torzhok. Students’ work
The Sun. Gold embroidery school in Torzhok
The Sun. 

Torzhok Gold embroidery

Torzhok maintains and develops the traditions of goldwork masters
Maintains and develops the traditions of goldwork masters

Torzhok. Gold embroidery school in Torzhok

Famous for its gold embroidery, the city of Torzhok in Tver region has been always considered to be the pride of Russia
Famous for its gold embroidery, the city of Torzhok in Tver region has been always considered to be the pride of Russia

 

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