Unique Belarusian machinery of the woodwork - wooden filigree, or as it is called - Sozh filigree. Lace pattern is laid out by chips of different wood. An ancient technique used in the XV century to decorate the icons, it was forgotten until 1990, when the master from Gomel, Vladimir Tsikunov, revived this art. This method of decoration is also called "The Belarusian filigree", "Gomel Filigree", "Sozh filigree", "Tsekunov's filigree" or simply "Tsekunovka". The price can go up to several thousand dollars, by the way. Works by Vladimir Tsikunov are in the collections of many influential people such as politicians and cultural figures (Queen Elizabeth II, the Pope, Vladimir Putin, Alexander Medvedev, and others).
Gomel master died in 2008, but his art lives in the disciples, following the work of some of them. Gomel filigree is a unique phenomenon, the only school in the world is located in my hometown and there is a great reason to be proud of Belarusians who have the talent and the creative spirit at the genetic level.
How to order a souvenir
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