Богданов
Валерий Александрович

Painter Valery Aleksandrovich Bogdanov was born on the 13th of April 1959 in Svetogorsk, Leningrad oblast (Russia) next to the Finnish-Russian border. His love to art was raised by his father, who himself could draw well. In 1983 Valery Bogdanov graduated from the Faculty of Arts and Graphics in the Herzen University, where he studied painting in the guidance of such distinguished artists of the Soviet Union as L.V. Kabachek, L.I. Krivitskiy, P.P. Litvinskiy and V.P. Sakovic

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Lift away the gaudy cover,

Thou will find six golden girdles,

Seven rainbow-tinted dresses,

Woven by the Moon's fair daughters

Fashioned by the Sun's sweet virgins

In my young years once I wandered

As aƒ maiden on the mountains,

In the happy days of childhood,

Hunting berries in the coppice;

There by chance I heard the daughters

Of the Moon as they were weaving

There I also heard the daughters

Of the Sun as they were spinning

On the red rims of the cloudlets,

O'er the blue edge of the forest,

On the border of the pine-wood,

On a high and distant mountain.

I approached them, drawing nearer,

Stole myself within their hearing,

Then began I to entreat them,

Thus besought them, gently pleading:

'Give thy silver, Moon's fair daughters,

To a poor, but worthy maiden;

Give thy gold, O Sun's sweet virgins,

To this maiden, young and needy.

- Kalevala

Картинная галерея

"Коллекция финской культуры и истории.
Национальный костюм"
Finnish Culture and History. National Costumes
Финский национальный костюм - художник Валерий Богданов
Портрет Улриики Ройха
The Portrait of Ulrikka Roiha
Finnish National Costumes - Valery Bogdanov
Хелена Ройха
The Portrait of Helena Roiha
Финский национальный костюм - художник Валерий Богданов
Женщина в национальном костюме
Oulu
Finnish National Costumes - Valery Bogdanov
Женщины
Women
Finnish National Costumes - Valery Bogdanov
Иголка с Ниткой
Soya with daughter
Finnish National Costumes - Valery Bogdanov
Калевальцы Иматры
Imatran kalevalaiset

A Peek into Finnish Culture and History: Finnish National Costumes

Finnish National Costumes - Valery Bogdanov
Дети Сойи
Sojan lapset
Finnish National Costumes - Valery Bogdanov
Болгария на Иматре
Bulgaria Imatralla
Finnish National Costumes - Valery Bogdanov
Пикник у Валтионхотелли
Picnic by Valtionhotelli

History of National Costumes

The history of Finnish national costumes dates back to the 19-th century, when the first collections of national costumes were compiled. This was the period of national awakening, and folk handicrafts were admired and studied in Finland as in other parts of Europe. The first collections consisted of festive folk costumes, which were used in the 18-th and 19-th century in different parts of Finland before being replaced by general fashion.


Year 2015 is the 130th Anniversary
of the Finnish National Costume


Year 1885 is known as the debut appearance of Finnish national costumes. On the 5th of August, Emperor Alexander III of Russia and his wife Maria Feodorovna arrived in Lappeenranta on an official visit. After inspecting the garrison, they made a walk along Lake Saimaa and visited the Imatra Rapid. Local maidens dressed in national costumes from different Finnish regions met the imperial couple and made a strong impression on Maria Feodorovna.

Финский национальный костюм - художник Валерий Богданов
Портрет Сони Ляхтенмяки
The Portrait of Sonja Lähteenmäki
Finnish National Costumes - Valery Bogdanov
Айли Куронен
The Portrait of Aili Kuronen
Финский национальный костюм - художник Валерий Богданов
Ключи
The Keys
Finnish National Costumes - Valery Bogdanov
Сиири Кекконен
Siiri Kekkonen
Finnish National Costumes - Valery Bogdanov
На пикнике
A Picnic Meeting

What do National Costumes Tell about the History?

Today there are over 400 models of national costumes. The costumes represent different Finnish regions, and their historical and traditional characteristics. Women's costumes are worn layer on layer, and consist typically of a skirt, cotton blouse, vest or bodice, apron, scarf, headdress and shoes.

Costume pieces come with details and symbolic meanings. The apron, for example, was considered an important and valued piece of clothing. It was a sign of an honorable woman and believed to protect women from the evil. According to a legend, the red stripe in the hem of the Jääski Costume appeared, because the women had to walk and search for their family members in the bloody battlefields for such long times.

Финский национальный костюм - художник Валерий Богданов
Женщины любят землянику
Women Like Wild Strawberries
Финский национальный костюм - художник Валерий Богданов
Леа-Мари Мурто
Lea-Mari Murto
Финский национальный костюм - художник Валерий Богданов
Мирья Богстрём
Mirja Bogström

Jääski is one of the historical place names that appear in the names of the national costumes. In fact, by studying the names, it is possible to learn things about the Finnish history. Jääski, Antrea and Viipuri, among others, are parishes that Finland ceded the Soviet Union after the Second World War. The costumes of these parishes are so called Karelian costumes, which differ from the costumes of Western Finland, because of the Eastern cultural influences during the 18th and 19th century.

Финский национальный костюм - художник Валерий Богданов
Финская девушка
The Sounds of Kantele
Финский национальный костюм - художник Валерий Богданов
Сойа Мурто Хартикайнен
Soja Murto Hartikainen
Finnish National Costumes - Valery Bogdanov
Посиделки
Happy Chatting
Finnish National Costumes - Valery Bogdanov
Портрет Вирпи Кайсто
The Portrait of Virpi Kaisto

Finnish History in Nutshell:
1300 - 1809 part of the Swedish Kingdom.
1809 - 1917 an autonomous Grand Duchy
of the Russian Empire.
1917 - Republic of Finland.


Finnish National Costumes - Valery Bogdanov
Маритта и Сакари Хаверила
The Family Couple
Финский национальный костюм - художник Валерий Богданов
Карелка
Kaija Linnahalme
Finnish National Costumes - Valery Bogdanov
Рооза и Айно Ёхман
Roosa and Aino
Finnish National Costumes - Valery Bogdanov
Ангел
An Angel