Vologda lace won the Treasures of Russia contest organized by the National Geographic Traveler magazine
Treasures of Russia is an online voting dedicated to Russia's tourism opportunities. It is designed to identify the country's main attractions and its most popular places and objects and open new sights on Russia’s tourist map.
The voting took place in several categories: "Natural object, "Tourist trail", "Excursion route", "River and sea cruise", "Cultural and historical object", "Public space" , "Beach resort", "National cuisine", "Folk craft", and "Traditional holiday".
The Vologda Region was represented in six nominations. The ensemble of the Ferapontov Monastery took part in the nomination "Cultural and historical object", Vologda lace - in the nomination "Folk craft", Vologda butter - in the "National cuisine", a nature monument on the Sukhona river - the tract of Opoki - in the nomination "Natural object", an international festival "City of Crafts" claimed to be the best traditional holiday of the country. Sightseeing walking tour of the historical centre of Vologda "Lace line" participated in the nomination "Excursion route".
The voting ended on October 31. The results were published on the Nat-geo.ru website and National Geographic Traveler magazine.
Vologda lace has won deserved fame and world-wide recognition for its high artistic value, rich ornament, and excellent workmanship. Vologda has always been one of the main centres of Russian lace tatting, and in the 19th century it became the most famous one. It was that time when lace-makers began to tat lace patterns in the form of wonderful stars and snowflakes. The richness and variety of the decorative pattern, the clear-cut easy line of the design, monumentality of forms and predominance of floral motives distinguish traditional Vologda lace.