Khokhloma craftwork was first mentioned in Russian history around 320 years ago, when many of the local masters opened their small studios and shops in the villages near Nizhny Novgorod and worked with wood. They continued to improve their skills, so in the end it became a ritual that allowed them to create wooden dishes, plates, spoons, and figures decorated with drawings of Russian flowers created out of the special silver and golden tint produced from a special powder and local oils. The final result was fired in the special kiln according to the secret tradition. All of these steps helped the masters create original masterpieces.
Nowadays, several Khokhloma factories located in the Nizhny Novgorod area employ more than 2,000 local masters and artists who are implementing the old traditions into craft gifts every day and providing their clients a unique opportunity to buy various traditional goods, from wooden kitchen plates to vases, spoons, and even tables.
However, if you’re looking to buy an original Khokhloma gift while in Moscow, you should visit the Rus Velikaia shop, or simply order from their online site to have a purchase shipped any single city in the Russian Federation. When in Saint Petersburg, go to the Samovary shop, located in the city centre, and check out their enormous stands.
Saint Petersburg – Samovary Shop, Gorokhovaya Street 69, Saint Petersburg, Russia