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Origin & Mission History Galina's Biography

Until recently, the specific techniques for hand knitting Orenburg lace were passed from generation to generation, within the family structure, by word of mouth only. There existed no known record of comprehensive written instructions, patterns or designs. This meant that if the current generation of young women lost interest in learning the craft, it would most likely succumb to age.

Galina Khmeleva set as her personal goal and dedicated her company’s resources to keep Orenburg’s legacy alive. Hence, Skaska Designs developed a series of Orenburg knitted lace workshops and seminars and traveled the US and Canada since 1996, presenting its programs to textile enthusiasts.

Gossamer Webs: The History and Techniques of Orenburg Lace Shawls, Galina’s book chronicling the fascinating evolution of Orenburg knitted lace, was published in the US in 1998, followed by Gossamer Webs: The Design Collection in 2000. As a direct result, Orenburg lace lives on, enjoying a renaissance both inside Russia, as well as, around the world.

Learn more about the HISTORY of Orenburg Lace.