The exhibition “Traditional culture of the Livvik Karelians”

In the hall of the Scientific Library of PetrSU there is a book-illustrative exhibition “Traditional culture of the Livvik Karelians” (“Livvin karjalazien perindölline kul’tuuru”).
The exhibition presents publications about the life, traditions and culture of the Livvik Karelians, as well as replicas of girls’ and women’s headdresses made by 2nd-year students of the magistracy of the Department of Baltic-Finnish Philology of the Institute of Philology of PetrSU Tatyana Makarova, Anna Turkina and senior teacher of the department Svetlana Valerievna Korobeinikova.

Tatyana Makarova and Anna Turkina spoke about the exhibits presented at the exhibition, using the terminology in Livvik and the Karelian dialect itself of the Karelian language.

Everything that is presented here is a small part of the wealth worn by Karelian Livvik girls, women, for example, during a holiday,

– said Tatiana Makarova, talking about the exhibition and the festive women’s costume.

Anna Turkina spoke about the production of hats presented at the exhibition:

The exhibition has a large symbolic volume: it is possible to trace the status development of a woman during her life in the period from the end of the 19th – the beginning of the 20th centuries. Clothes and hats with the course of life and a change in status for a woman also changed. So, in childhood, girls tied their hair with a ribbon. At a girlish age, when a girl was ready to get married, she tried with the help of a headdress, including to indicate her status, the position of her family.

Headdresses of South Karelia are presented at the exhibition. These are composite hats of three parts: a mesh-bottom, which creates an openwork shadow on the face, a crown or wreath, an elegant bow. The exhibition presents replicas of items that are stored in the National Museum of the Republic of Karelia.

The exhibition also features a crown created by the student herself. It took her a year to make it. According to Anna, a unique story happened to her in 2019:

Our family had its own real crown, which was also owned by my great-grandmother: perhaps she wore it to a wedding. This, she said, was the happiest year of her life. Unfortunately, there was a war. Great-grandfather was wounded and died early. Great-grandmother was left alone with 4 children who needed to be raised. She was forced to sell her pearl crown. She sold it to the National Museum, where it has survived to this day. It fell into the hands of Ekaterina Logvinenko, who is engaged in the reconstruction of crowns, and then, when I went to her class on making hats, she gave us a crown pattern.

My parents and I began to study family documents, found an act of transferring the crown to the museum and, after checking the data in the documents, it turned out that this is the very crown that belonged to our family. I experienced incredible joy. My grandmother, a teacher at the Institute of Pedagogy and Psychology, Valentina Mikhailovna Turkina, the daughter of my great-grandmother, when I told her about the surviving crown of her mother, was moved and very happy.

After this incident, I felt the power of preserving traditions and family memory, so now my attitude to the costume has become even more reverent in me, I realized how important it is.

Svetlana Valerievna Korobeinikova noted:

Maybe our work, our attitude to family history will inspire someone else to preserve and preserve their historical and cultural heritage, study the history and traditions of their family and people. I hope that students will be careful about the culture of their families, and understand that memorabilia can form a family archive for great-grandchildren.

The exhibition will run until June 7, 2021 in the lobby of the Scientific Library.

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