In the House-Museum of V.I. Lenin's exhibition in Samara on Thursday opened an exhibition under the funny title `Valenki are the most alive of all living things! The exhibition demonstrates old samples of felt boots and works of leading modern fashion designers.
Also, visitors will see unique models - `Millennium`,` Roman Sandals`, `Miss Valenki Russia`,` Blue Bird`, `Russian Blouse`,` Abdulla`. The exposition presents the boots of athletes who participated in the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City (USA) and white boots from the funds of the Regional Historical and Local Lore Museum. Alabina, made by fellers of Syzran as a gift to Stalin for his 70th birthday. The exhibition will run until February 28, 2003.
In 2000, in the department of personal collections of the State Museum of Fine Arts named after A.S. Pushkin already held a similar exhibition, but there were designer felt boots. Within the framework of the Valenki - Valenki project, 50 of the best Russian fashion designers, theater artists and jewelers received an offer to present a new vision of traditional Russian footwear.
The famous couturier was given a pair of woolen felt boots for work, they only needed to modify the traditional felt boots. So felt boots - a bird, felt boots - watches, felt boots - a blooming flower bed, felt boots - a hat and felt boots - a backpack.
And in the Urals the market is experiencing a real boom in felt boots this year. Manufacturers of felt boots have supplied a large selection of models and colors to the Perm market: from traditional gray to white. The sellers of factory-made felt boots offer cheaper and less choice: from 150 to 350 rubles. More expensive than handmade felt boots. Their price can go up to 500 rubles and more.
Valenki are distinguished by a variety of colors: black, gray, milky, yellow, brown. If desired, they can be painted in any color the customer wishes. Still, white felt boots were the most popular this season.
Report of Intermoda.Ru, made last year at the exhibition of felt boots in Moscow