Dymkovo Bear Toy

Favorite Crafts of Russia. The Dymkovo Toy (May '19)
400 g

Dymkovo Bear Toy

Bear is one of the favorite traditional images of Dymkovo toy and Russian folk crafts as well. According to the beliefs of Slavs, the bear was a symbol of strength and power.

The toy is made according to all traditional canons of the craft. It differs from other toys the color. Because after whitewashing every item is covered with brown paint.

By the way, the word "bear" was forbidden, Slavs thought that if you said "bear", an animal would immediately appear behind your back. Thus, bears were called in the Russian fairy tales by other names such as Bruin, Misha, the king of the forest, Mikhailo, etc. 

The Dymkovo toy cannot be confused with any other form of folk craft. Extraordinarily bright and colorful these toys are a vivid picture of the triumph of life itself. E

ach artisan has her own unique style thus making the toy even more vivacious and the one and only.

The origin of this unusual craft could only come from the traditional fabulous boisterous and merry spring holiday, called the "Whistling dance" or Svistopliaska in Russian (also a colloquial term for pandemonium) during which everyone was supposed to dance, whistle and throw special colorful clay balls. The holiday has been originally celebrated in Vyatka. The craftswomen of Dymkovo district had long been preparing for the festival, moulding clay whistles in the shapes of goats, horses, sheep and ducks. 

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