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Embroided Art with Gold and Silk - Fall / Winter 2016

The special exhibition "Embroidered Art with Gold and Silk" is the second international exhibition in RIISA in 2016. The exhibition about the Embroidered Art of Russian twins Nina and Nadezhda Osipova coincided with the celebrating of the 30th anniversary of the Valamo Institute. The Institute gives the opportunity to all the interested people to meet the Orthodox religion, culture and church art.

Hand-embroidery has the long history and old traditions based on the Byzantium period. The technology and methods are still alive, despite that the industrial textile production seems to be more haute couture and other high-level design products. The embroidery style of the Osipova sisters bases modern flows on the XII century's frescos and church art.

The sisters started to embroidery when they were 10 years old, and later they were invited to prepare the church textile to the monastery of the Holy Trinity near Moscow. Their works are not the copies of the old ones, but each one is the unique work. They design models by themselves, but discuss with the icon painters colours and theological themes.

The twins have maintained the embroidery traditions by teaching the gold and silk embroidery in the Valamo Institute for 25 years. The special exhibition "Embroidered Art with Gold and Silk" in RIISA museum tells not only about the incredibly precise technique, but also about the beauty. Embroidered icons includes the same messages and meanings as painted. They are theology dressed in colours. The technique creates the living surface with the beautifully shining silk yarn. Textile works presented in the exhibition are prepared by the Osipova sisters and their Finnish students. "Embroidered Art with Gold and Silk" continues the handicraft traditions, which history is presented also in the "Stairway to Sanctity" collection exhibition in RIISA.

Nina and Nadezhda Osipova.