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Patchwork at the Olympics

The look of the 2014 winter Olympic games in Sochi Russia was revealed a couple of weeks back, and it seems the main theme will be Patchwork, here represented by five colourful panels.

I borrowed the photo above from here.

I am not particularly interested in sports, but obviously, this caught my eye, so I started to search for more photos and information.

Apparently, the patches in the panels are representing a multitude of traditional Russian crafts from all around the country. This site has a list of the crafts that are represented in the panels, each with a short description, but sadly not many photos. On Flikr here, are some more photos from the presentation. I wouldn’t mind having one of these designs on my car, I think 😉

When thinking of Russian crafts, what most often comes to mind, are the matrusjka dolls

… and also other painted and laquered items:


Christmas ornaments

The items above are cheap tourist things, but in the Flikr album here, you can see more of the “real” things.

When looking at the patchwork panels in the photo at the top, I noticed the colours and patches in one panel fitted with the next one, – like they were all cut from one long panel.

So I could not resist playing a bit with the photo, putting them all back together again.



4 Responses

  1. That is SO cool, all the more special for the story behind it. Thanks for sharing this, Eldrid!

    – Mary

  2. Eldrid, how inspiring! I love the colors in the patterns and the crafts from Russia.

    I’ve been thinking of you the past few days and hope all is well with you and your family.

    • Amy, thank you for thinking about us. 🙂 We are all right, and luckily no family members have been affected by any of the attacks. We are all very shocked and saddened by the events, though. Will update my blog when things quiet down here. Thanks again! 🙂

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