Hunting, fishing, a reindeer herd. A hobby became a profession
15:10 7 декабря 2018
Категории: News in English
The exhibition of three young craftsmen Sergey Alyaba, Semyon Sevli and Alexander Sotruyev was opened in the regional house of crafts. Each of the craftsmen is an interesting person. Each of them participated in dozens of contests and exhibitions. All of them are united with love to creative art and devotion to the land of Yamal.
The bone-carving craftsmen sometimes are called “northern jewelers”. It was destiny for Semyon and Sergey to become bone-carving artists. They grew up in Shuryshkarskiy district, which is famous with its talented craftspeople. The young men received their first skills in bone-carving art from the famous craftsman Mikhail Anufriyev. First, bone-carving and wood-carving crafts were only a hobby but then it grew into a profession rare nowadays.
“I work with reindeer antler, moose horn”, as Semyon Sevli said. – “But really it is absolutely not important whether a material of noble origin or not. It is possible to carve such composition of usual reindeer antler that it will be valued three times more expensive than a thing made of walrus bone”.
In the opinion of Sergey Alyaba, bone-carving art is a very difficult craft. He worked on one composition during more than a half-year.
Hunting, fishing, reindeer herds, forest life of animals are favorite topics of the bone-carving craftsmen. Different art-works were presented at the exposition: from reindeer with the size of a hand palm to a boat in more than two meters and a lathe machine. All the art-works are inspired with myths and legends of Khanty people, who live on the land of Yamal. They reflect originality of their people.
Also visitors can see a trap on the capercaillie, a mace to stun fish, hooks, needles for weaving nets, floats. By the way, Khanty people still use these items in everyday life.
As Sergey Luginin, the famous bone-carving craftsman notes, modernity of art-works by bone-carving craftsmen of Yamal will be relevant at all times.
The photos can be found here: https://sever-press.ru/2018/12/07/ohota-rybalka-stado-olenej-i-bulava-dlja-glushenija-ryby-hobbi-stalo-professiej/