The colors of happiness
Khokhloma or Khokhloma painting (Хохлома, Хохломская роспись in Russian, or Khokhlomskaya rospis’) is the name of a Russian wood painting handicraft style and national ornament, known for its vivid flower patterns, red and gold colors over a black background, and the effect it has when applied to wooden tableware or furniture, making it look heavier and metal-like.
There are two wooden souvenirs that can be found in almost every American, British, German, French or other tourist’s suitcase returning home from Russia: one is a the matryoshka doll, the other – a piece of khokhloma. This well known style of Russian folk art is thought to date back to the 17th century and derives its name from a village in Central Russia which grew to become a trading post where local craftsmen brought their brightly decorated tableware to sell.
Khokhloma is a Russian handicraft that involves a highly stylized painting style applied to any number of different objects. In almost all cases, khokhloma painting involves a black base with red and gold painting over the base. Sometimes other colors are included as well. While khokhloma-style painting is usually seen on lightweight wooden furniture and tableware, it is sometimes seen on unique items like wooden animals or jewelry.
- 10th International Festival Golden Khokhloma to open in Nizhny Novgorod (english.pravda.ru)