8 souvenirs you should buy when visiting Russia

Russian dolls, fur coats, winter shoes are great gifts that you should buy for your loved ones after your trip to Russia to watch World Cup and travel.

Samovar water pot

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Samovar teapot appeared thousands of years ago, used by the Russian people to cook tea on the tea table. Today's modern Russian families no longer use Samovar's water heaters, but keep this as an emblem of the solidarity of the family. This metal kettle becomes a valuable souvenir of travelers returning from Russia.

Matryoshka doll

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Nested wooden dolls are considered one of the cultural symbols of Russia. The origins of Matryoshka dolls are still controversial. Many written records suggest that by the end of the 19th century, two artists Vassiliy Zvezdochkin and Sergey Malyutin were inspired by a Japanese toy to create Matryoshka dolls.

This item is made of wood, usually with 5 interlocked dolls and the smaller doll is in the larger one. Outside each doll is decorated beautifully with pictures.

This item became attractive and famous across the Russian border. They were sought by people throughout Europe at the time and considered as a valuable gift.

Orenburg scarf

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Orenburg shawl is a familiar dress for Russian women. Regardless of class, wealth, region, every Russian woman in life owns at least one white Orenburg towel.

This scarf is loved by Russian women because of the fragile, romantic beauty. The softness and warmth of this scarf keep warm in the harsh winter. They also consider the scarf as a sign of affection.

Palekh handmade lacquer painting

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In the 19th century, the master craftsmen in Palekh were very famous for their painting talents at churches. After the revolution of 1917, the painting was no longer favored. One artist, Ivan Golikov, painted miniature pictures on paper boxes and received the love of the people.

The lavish lacquer paintings with the theme of God, the scenery and the Russian relics make objects beautiful and valuable. Visitors can buy these boxes in the village of Palekh (Ivanovo province, Central Russia) or any souvenir shop in Moscow.

Fur coat

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"Soft gold" is the way the Russians call the fur. For centuries, fur was used as gold and money to trade goods.  Furs are favored not because of the rare but because of the effect of keeping the body warm under severe weather conditions. The development of modern technology and the need to wear beautiful fur turned into very warm and beautiful cloaks, towels, hats or boots. They are becoming fashion items are favorite.

Handmade items from birch bark

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Aries is a symbolic plant of Russia. They grow widely throughout Russia and are exploited by people for many purposes.

Art items made from birch bark are quite popular in souvenir shops and are very popular with international visitors.

Gzhel pottery

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The pottery of Gzhel village near Moscow is famous since the 18th century. The glazed ceramic products are decorated with hand-painted blue looks quite beautiful. Especially, these products are not only of use but also of artistic elements.

Russian literary book

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Russian is the hometown of many famous writers, poets such as Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin, Tolstoy Nikolayevich, Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky, Vladimir Vladimirovich Mayakovsky, Boris Leonidovich Pasternak, Anna Akhmatova, etc.

Their literary and dramatic works contributed to the creation of a brilliant Russian literature in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. A printed copy of the author's work will be a great gift for literary lovers.

By: Oralie Smith

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