10 Top Belarusian Souvenirs

Belarus is famous for natural souvenirs, which deserved its popularity throughout the centuries. Thanks to their quality the souvenirs bought in Belarus can serve you for a long period of time. Don’t hesitate to get these ten most popular souvenirs for you and your loved ones.

 

1. Natural Belarusian flax

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Belarusian flax has been cultivated since the ancient times. In the markets and local shops, you can find many clothes, household items, and toys for children made of flax.

 

Seeds of flax are used for baking bread and cooking delicious kissel. No wonder the blue flax flowers are depicted on the modern coat of arms of Belarus.

 

The most popular flax souvenirs are linen clothes, bed linen, tablecloths with embroidery, napkins, towels, potholders, bags, wallets.

 

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2. Wooden Souvenirs

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The wood used to be the most common material for construction and creativity because there are a lot of forests in Belarus.  Wood carvings are used for making furniture, dishes, and creating beautiful decorative things.

 

The most popular wooden souvenirs are dishes, figurines of people, animals (especially bisons), and carved furniture.

 

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3. Crystal and Glass

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There were a lot of glass and crystal factories in Belarus more than a hundred years ago. Belarusian glass-blowers became famous for their subtle artistic taste and excellent quality of their works. The glass factory “Neman” and the Borisov Crystal Plant became the most famous enterprises in Belarus.

 

The most popular glass souvenirs are glass and glass dishes (glasses, wine glasses, decanters), vases for flowers and fruits, candlesticks, paperweights, caskets, original souvenirs (animal and bird figurines, Easter eggs, fruits), stained glass.

 

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4. Boots and Hats

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Handmade boots and hats from sheep’s wool is an ancient Belarusian craft because they are irreplaceable during a strong winter. A small town of Dribin has preserved all the traditions and secrets since the 18th century. The unique technique of making these pieces of clothes belong to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

 

5. Alcoholic Beverages

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In the ancient times, the Belarusians drank alcoholic beverages based on honey, after that, they invented moonshine called “garelka”, and later they started to brew beer.

 

The present-day Belarusian vodka is made according to ancient recipes, which are based on natural extracts of medicinal herbs, such as herbs and buds of trees, berry fruit, spices, natural honey, etc.

 

You can find vodka, tinctures, and balsams in souvenir decoration.

 

6. Sweets

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There are a lot of delicious and useful marshmallows, pastilles, marmalades that are produced in Belarus for over a hundred years. Their recipes include only natural fruits and berries. Belarusian candies and chocolate made in the factories “Kommunarka” and “Spartak” is appreciated all over the world.

 

The most popular sweet souvenirs are marshmallows, marmalade, chocolate, natural sweets, syrups and jams of forest berries.

 

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7. Souvenirs from Vine

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Vines were used for making premises and fences, cradled for children and baskets for berries and mushrooms. And today Belarusian masters continue the traditions of their ancestors. They use different types of vines of special properties and colors, possess intricate techniques and patterns.

 

The most popular vine souvenirs are baskets, breadcrumbs, trays, dishes, panels, pots, and bast shoes.

 

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8. Ceramics

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Ceramic souvenir centers have existed in various regions of Belarus since ancient times. The masters had their own tricks in the form and methods of modeling products, painting, and composition of the glaze. The Belarusian housewives knew that in the quality pottery, milk does not turn sour for longer, and in the clay pots, special dishes of the national cuisine are especially tasty. Also, Belarusian musical instruments are made of clay.

 

The most popular ceramic souvenirs are animal and bird figurines, whistles, bells, candlesticks, plaques and magnets, ceramic dishes.

 

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9. Golden Straw

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Belarusians like straws for the beauty and softness.  It turns into extraordinary works of art thanks to the skillful process.

 

The most popular straw souvenirs are woven figures of animals and birds, flowers, hats and bats, dolls and amulets, boxes and chests, ornaments, paintings, and panels.

 

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10.  Slutsk Belts

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The belts became unique symbols of national culture in the XVIII-XIX centuries. Because of the sophisticated technology two masters within a year could make no more than 6 belts.

 

Today, genuine Slutsk belts are a rarity, and most of the works of national arts and crafts are in museums and private collections around the world. But in Belarus, a unique technology for the production of Slutsk belts has been revived, and you can find some belts decorated with gold and silk threads, flax, cotton, wool and lurex in the markets.

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