Felt Boot Rollers of the Altai
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Archaeology, Ethnology & Anthropology
of Eurasia

37 (4) 2009




Felt Boot Rollers of the Altai

The article describes felt boot craftsmanship in Russia and in the Altai, and the history of the origin and development of felt boot rolling in the area of the cultural frontier in the Volga region. It provides evidence of the development of felt boot production in the Altai in the late 19th to early 20th century in connection with migration processes. Domestic production of felt boots is described on the basis of fi eld materials. Currently, according to our available data, the felt boot craft in the Altai is in decline. The development of handicraft traditions in the region requires support targeted at the preservation of this cultural heritage.

Keywords: Peasant crafts, migrant movement, felt boot rolling, the Altai.