of the most unique and exquisite art forms found in Russia are the
miniature paintings created in the villages of Fedoskino, Palekh,
Kholui and Mstyera. Each of these villages has a distinct style
and each of these styles has a characteristic beauty of its own.
The lacquer boxes we feature are specially crafted out of papier-mache,
the material of preference in these villages due to its ability
to withstand Russia's extreme climatic changes. They are coated
first with a black lacquer (and often red for the interiors) and
several coats of clear lacquer which is then polished to a smooth,
Only then are they ready for the artists' intricate compositions,
which are typically so detailed they require the use of strong magnifying
glasses and a brush made out of a single hair. The designs can vary
considerably from realistic landscapes to fanciful scenes from Russia's
rich folklore, but some of the most beloved designs are the troikas
and fairytale themes which conjure up the magic of old Russia.