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Lace was introduced into Russia at the end of the seventeenth century and later became widely used,
forming a new type of decorative applied art.


Yelets lace has been known in Russia since the end of the 18th century. 
In Yelets, a town of Orel Province,
lace was made, combining linen and silk.
Among the most popular articales were bed and table valances,
and also wide lace insertions for decorative towels. 

Yelets designs were less complicated than others styles (for example, Galitch),
and their elements were disposed more sparsely.
Yelets ornamentation often included a silhuette of the deer from the town's coat of arms.


Yelets lace-makers also used simpler geometric designs,
adding to the thin linen threads the silk ones, in tan and brown shades.


Yelets lace didn't lose, with the passage of time,
it's airy lightness and its characteristic geometrical and floral designs.
Instead of linen, thin cotton thread was used,
which impaired to a certain degree the quality of the lace.

Typical of Yelets productions are two square-shaped handkerchief edgings
with floral and chainlike designs.

Lace-makers from Yelets seldom used the part-lace technique.
However, in the last half of the 19th century a new type of part lace appeared in Yelets
characterized by a repetative design of toile elements of varying width and employed for household linens,
such as napkins, tablecloths and bedspreads.


From the mid 19th century Yelets laces spread around to numerous nearby settlements and villages
and became especially wide scope in the late 19th century.
An association of lace-makers existed from 1921,
and the Yelets Union of Lace-Makers was established in 1930.

Yelets laces are finer and lighter than Vologda laces.
They are famous for their finesse, gracefulness, and harmonious contrast of fine floral
and geometrical patterns against delicate openwork background.
Combination of different densities of weaving within the same elements
creates an effect of the light-and-shadow play and relief shape.
One of the expressive features of the Yelets lace is that
sometimes the lattices in one and the same ornament can have different patterns,
combining coupling and twin techniques.
One big piece of Yelets Lace can be consisted of separate elements -
rosettes or square shapes, which, rhythmically repeated, correspond to the ornaments
used at the edges and make a stand out boldly against the dense lattice of the background.

 

Selected references: "Russian Bobbin Lace". Aurora Art Publishers. Leningrad.

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