I had thought that i would done with Latvia for a bit, but a friend of mine said she liked the mitten designs. so i thought i would do one more. I will certainly return to Latvia, because much is left to say, but i feel the need to cover a different subject.
In the Soviet Era, one thing that was encouraged was the development of the folk applied arts, including developing and modernizing them for inclusion into modern society. Handicrafts were greatly appreciated and the desire was to use them as a nonpolitical basis for pride in ones ethnicity. Most publications about the traditional applied arts included a section on how they were being used contemporaneously.
Today i will be presenting some designs by the artist Ž. Ventaskrasts. I know very little about this artist. I had the opportunity to scan a book which belongs to my Latgalian friend Aelita. There is a very minimal text in Latvian, and thankfully also in Russian, [which i CAN read]. The artist presents his opinion that the applied folk arts should be developed in accordance with the times. And so this book was published, which took Latvian applied folk art designs, and developed them. Here is the cover of the book.