Straw weaving is an ancient folk art in Belarus. This practice boasts more than ten centuries of history and traces back to ancient traditions pertaining to the cult of bread and straw. The ancestors of the Belorussians believed in the divine powers of straw and grain and this was manifested in the ritual animals and dolls they created which were considered to be deities and protectors. It was believed that straw and grain perpetuated fertile powers of nature.
Below you can see some examples of this unique and intricate art form.
For more information, visit Tatiana Repina's on-line museum at http://straw.iatp.by/index_e.html
The goat is the symbol of an abundant crop and fertility
Goat - Larisa Los
The horse symbolizes man's friend, advisor, and defender.
Horse - Larisa Los
Cow - Taisya Agafonenko
Deer - Lidia Glovatskaia
The doll is the Mother of all beings and protector of life.
Birds are the souls of ancestors guarding and helping those who live on Earth.
Peacock -Lidia Glovatskaia
Cockerel -Lidia Glovatskaia
Dragon - Lubov Selivonchik