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Russian valenki tour

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02.02.2019
What is the most traditional Russian winter boots? We invite you to join Russian valenki tour. You will learn curious facts about the history of popular felt shoes, get to know secrets of  their production, watch a rare old documentary and even join a valenki making master class.
 

We will visit a cozy valenki museum located inside the former factory. During the tour your guide will talk about the processes of manual and factory production and we'll  trace all stages of valenki making from a pile of sheep wool to the finished product.
 

Russian valenki are an essential part of Russian culture. Did you know that in the past valenki were quite expensive and only wealthy people could afford to wear them?  Even tsars and tsarinas liked to wear valenki in winter, it's known that Catherine the Great  had valenki to match her luxurious ball dress. During the Second World War valenki saved Russian soldiers from being frozen to death,  and most  Russian Polar expeditions of the past would have been impossible without valenki.
 
Today the valenki fashion is making a comeback. You will discover numerous designers' valenki that differ in style, color and shape. Valenki may be decorated with fur, painting, lace, curly crop and many other elements that make them not only convenient and useful, but also extremely beautiful and stylish.
 
During the tour we'll have a chance to join valenki making master class and you'll make your own souvenir felt boots



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