Russian Folk Art
Khokhloma (pronounced hoch-low-ma') is the name of an old village deep in the forests of the Volga region. For centuries, artisans would gather at the annual trade fairs in Nizhni-Novgorod to sell the "Golden" woodenware named after the village. Khokhloma dates back for at least 300 years, when the complex technology and diverse styles in use today originated. The secrets of production have been rigidly passed down from grandfather to father to son and daughter. The old Russian art of Khokhloma decoration is a true unique folk art. Both incredibly beautiful and quite functional - the spoons and bowls, for example, can be used daily to serve both hot and cold foods.