An old traditional embroidery "käspaikka" with vivid red thread.

I’ve come to associate these female figures in Slavic embroidery as the goddess Mokosh. In Elizabeth Wayland Barber’s book The Dancing Goddess: Folklore, Archaeology, and the Origins of European Dance she identifies them as Bereghinya “Protectress”.

'Käspaikka', In Karelia Finland, the orthodox tradition of embroidery

'Käspaikka', (Summer place) In Karelia Finland, the orthodox tradition of embroidery

Walk Finland: Ilomantsi: poetic Karelia

Traditional Karelian embroidery I arrive at Ilomantsi , Northern Karelia, with solitary forest trails on my mind but have to be patient.


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