Quote from the link above:
…for Russian farmers, embroidery had never been “just a decoration”. Contrary, it was thought as a powerful magic tool for shaping reality and for producing Order from Chaos. From magical point of view, to obtain a desirable result in a physical world, a person must set up a supernatural “cause” for it first. Needlepoint patterns worked as such a “cause”…
embroidered talismans in an everyday life of a village Russian family >>>>
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harmony and unity of male and female principles.
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"Blessing of Mother Earth and Ancestors", a talisman for women.
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“Successful Business and Education”
"The Sun blesses one's grain field").
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“Blessing of the Seven Elements”
(this pattern was appropriate for cradle curtains, and for clothes of kids between 8 and 14).
For more photos and more description check the link.
Here is a Dictionary of symbols:http://traditionalrussiancostume.com/embroidinfo/index_en.php
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