State historical-architectural, landscape and natural museum-preserve «Izborsk»

30 August 2017

The exhibition, entitled «Clinking of silver is like singing of Seto People», opened in the Museum of History of Pechory on August 25. The exhibition features silver decorations and traditional Seto People dress. 

Natalia Dubrovskaya, Director of Izborsk State Museum Reserve in her welcoming speech emphasized the significance of the exhibition for the Seto People and talked about the main idea of the exhibition.

Ludmila Soldatenko, the Head of Conservation for Izborsk Museum said that the objects exhibited have long been in keeping in Pskov Museum Reserve and now the visitors of Pechory museum have a unique opportunity to see them again exhibited in the Museum of History of Pechory.

Father Dmitriy, the priest of St. Nicholas Cathedral in Izborsk blessed and congratulated everybody on the opening of the exhibition. He said that the history of Seto People has always been closely connected with the history of Orthodox Pechory District.

Dmitriy Sopotov, Deputy Head of the Administration of Pechory District, thanked the Director of Izborsk museum for the invitation to the event and expressed confidence that the exhibition would attract many visitors and become a real gem of the town.  

Helju Mayak, Deputy Director of Izborsk State Museum Reserve and the President of the Seto Ethocultural Association thanked all the people for their attention to Seto People culture and gave a guided tour in the exhibition. The official part was followed by conversations over a cup of tea.

A traditional Seto dress includes a brooch, called “”syl’g” with ornaments engraved and embossed, chains, necklaces with numerous noisy pendants, bracelets, earrings and rings. Silver decorations together with a black sarafan, a linen shirt decorated with red and purple ornaments strike with their beauty.

Silver decorations have always played an important role in the life of Seto People. They were handed down from generation to generation and protected Seto women from evil. 

Seto People’s beliefs and rites, connected with silver decorations, have been preserved. As Helju Mayak recollects, on the night before Christmas an unmarried girl used to put her silver decorations under her pillow. In the morning she would put her decorations into a pail of water and wash her face with this water, so that her face would always stay beautiful. 

Seto people say: «First, you hear a Seto woman and then you see her. Clinking of her silver decorations is like singing of Seto People.”

Please, come and see the exhibition «Clinking of silver is like singing of Seto People» in the Museum of History of Pechory!

We are always happy to see you in our museums!

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