Monday, August 21, 2017

Yekaterinburg Folk Museum showcases early period wooden trunks

Last week, the Yekaterinburg Traditional Folk Culture museum opened its "Chests with Frost" display, showcasing more than 20 chests constructed by Ural-area artisans during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The "frost" in the title refers to a production technique used by craftsmen and women to create an effect similar to when frost appears on windows in the winter, ITAR-TASS reports.

"It's a way of minting when pattern on the tin is very similar to the one that appears on windows in the winter, so-called 'freeze-hammered,'" art critic Alexander Maksyashin said, according to ITAR-TASS. "Effect was achieved by special treatment of metal precision technology which today is forgotten."

The collection, curated by Olesya Gubina, is largely comprised of trunks as well as the vintage tools used in their production. Spectators can expect to see several varieties of chests as well as nails and tin sheets.

The first known chest to be manufactured in the Urals was made in 1767. By 1912, the region's annual output of tin and wood chests reached 47,000. Chest production in the Urals effectively ceased in the mid-1950's, ITAR-TASS reports.

Scheduled to close on Aug. 24, "Chests with Frost" is one of many installments at the museum, which appears as part of the "Forgotten Crafts of the Middle Urals" project.

Earlier this year, the museum opened an exhibition of carpets which were manufactured in Butka, a small village in the east portion of the Sverdlovsk region, according to ITAR-TASS.