The town of Kirishi located on the bank of the Volkhov River.
Tatting has been a traditional craft in Kirishi since the 18th century.
The Kirishi lace is a later name for the Zakhozhe'e lace.
The name originates from a remote area that was hard to reach ("zakhodit'").
It included the villages of Ikonovo, Dunyakovo, Motokhovo and others.
The Zakhozh'e lace was a trade bringing additional income to the families,
with lack of plough-land and low yields of crops in this marshy neighbourhood.
Originally the Kirishi lace was tatted using flax thread.
Flax was grown right here, in Zakhozh'e.
Later on, traders used to bring industrially produced threads and silk.
Lace-makers usually worked in the evenings, gathering in groups and moving from one house to another.
Making their wonderful pieces (usually dresses or coats), they amused themselves telling endless stories and fairy-tales.
The Kirishi lace traditionally uses floriated ornamental pattern and is done in moving wooden bobbins.
The local pattern is unique and recognizable.
It is created on the background of skew lattice and is often decorated with sharp barleycorn-like knots.
Remembering the Vologda lace in a way, it differs in technique, density and size of produced articles.