HANDICRAFT AS THE FORM OF COMMUNICATIONS. A Series of Articles. Article 3
Humans are known to be social beings that must communicate with those of their kind. But speaking in particular on us, women, as the best half of the mankind, one should emphasize that having no contacts with our friends extremely adversely affects our general condition, depresses our mind and even negatively impacts our looks. Let's acknowledge – we fade away without communication, and this is how it has always been.
Our wise forebears concerned with the issue of arranging female communications have invented a wonderful remedy, namely, doing crafts together. While the handicraft provided women with the opportunity of expressing themselves through artwork creativity, another advantage it offered was the form of social contact acceptable even according to then-current strict rules.
As the hand labor, handicraft did not restrict verbal communications and enabled information exchange during the work process. That is why female communications during handicraft were recognized in cultures of many peoples of the world.
For example, young and sometimes middle-aged women of Slavic villages had the widespread tradition of joint handicraft during autumn and winter seasons – get-togethers, evening parties, young people's gatherings, sit-rounds, during which they used to gather in a hut to spin, stitch or sew together. The work proceeded better during conversations or signing. Older women entertained young girls with exciting stories, legends and fairy-tales. By the evening, young bachelors used to visit such get-togethers, often with balalaika or accordion, and the evening turned into dancing and dating party.