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Kargopol ceramics is centuries old national handicraft of Russia. During long winter of Russian North majority of population produced ceramics. Area of Kargopol is known for it good quality clays. So ceramics pots and bowls was produced throughout winter and sold at many places of Russian North. Usually clay was not spent entirely - so masters produced small, oversimplified toys with use of remnants of raw material. That is how Traditional Kargopol toys production started. Masters produced toys for fun, so that toys was cheap. The themes used was usually Russian fairy tales characters. Over time, special type of toys became popular - singing toys, which combined in itself simplified musical instrument, toy and decoration. That is type of Kargopol toy still known and still produced at Arhangelsk region.

It was cold outside, hence the misted lens.

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