Saami crafts shop recently opened in Lovozero

News of the recent opening of the Saami craft shop/outlet named “Vuss” (a round-bottomed leather bag) in Lovozero, the center of Kola Saami, have reached me. Their shop both makes and sells things. 

Here are some examples of their deerskin articles:

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Souvenirs with style and quality

anna_razumovskaya_1I’m pleased to present these Northern flowers of stone by Anna Razumovskaya..

Anna is a professional botanist working at the Botanical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg. The North is the area of her field works and her passion. Anna makes jewelery on “northern” subjects using local materials.

Here are some samples of her work:

The piercing days of September, the time of the last riot of tundra colours, and the vivid beauty of ripe berries still keeping the summer heat – that’s the idea of Anna tried to express through the language of lace in her “Cranberry” composition above.

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New project: Kandalaksha+ arts and crafts

Nina Novitskaya. Hibiny

Nina Novitskaya. Hibiny

Craftsmen, artisans, painters etc. of Kandalaksha and area are grouped at A place to search for quality souvenirs too. Russian only for the time being although making the resource bilingual is in the plans.


A workshop that makes vestments for priests, recreates Pomor clothing, and does embroidery. (“Scarlet Robe” – that’s how “Bagryanitsa”, the name of the workshop, translates.)

листовка 2Address and contact: Kandalaksha, ulitsa Frunze 9, +7 911 301 3797, +7 911 305 0721,
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Folk arts and crafts of the Barents region

EUHere is a website that presents itself as the folk arts and crafts portal of the entire Barents region.

But an ugly voice inside my head wispters is not actively supported. Let me write to their contact e-mails.. Sure enough, two of them bounced right away, before I was done with this post.

The Bartash Family: Amethyst Coast Souvenirs, Workshop, and more

Ul. Nagornaya 60, 8 921 151 3991 or 8 921 667 5920 (as dialed from within Russia). I think its owners, the Bartosh family (Ludmila, Oleg, and Ksenia), speak passable English. Oleg and Ludmila are both mining engineers but in difficult perestroyka years they have condescended to making jewels and selling them to tourist. And that’s what they do now.

Their specialization is ametyst and items made of it.

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Arts, antiques, souvenirs..

The name of the store, “Всякая всячина” (“vsyakaya vsyachina”) translates, literally, as “all sorts of all”. “Odds ‘n’ Ends” is a close English alternative. Set up by Valisi Garkotin, a publisher and a museum keeper, and managed by his daughter.

Vestiments shop one page summary

Today they ordered me an advertising text for the upcoming trade expo in Kirovsk or Apatity or whatever. As usual I ended up with a complete rewrite instead of a translation. I like them and what they do, and am happy to make my humble contribution to promoting them. Here is the text of the leaflet in the making:

Through epochs and generations

Gold embroidery – that’s what we are about.

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