One of the oldest trades in Pomorjye was resin production. Resin was used to dub footwear, ski and wheels. It was utilized in shipbuilding industry, cable production and tanning industry. The quality of resin had to meet strict requirements.
Mica production played an important role in economy of Zavolochjye. It was especially high-developed in the 15th century. Mica was used to make windows and lamps. A need of outdoor lamps increased because of growing number of churches and monasteries. Outdoor lamps were used during cross procession. Mica was also used for decorating carriages of tsars and rich noblemen. Russian mica was acknowledged as the best in the world and was known in Western Europe and Asia as Muskovita.
Catchin pearl was a pretty popular unusual trade in Pomorjye. Pearl shells were extracted in mouthes of small rivers: the Solza River and the Syuzma River on the Summer bank, the Varzuga River and the Ponoya River on the Tyerskiy bank, the Kolyech district. State tax collectors deprived 10 percent of procuredd pearl for the Great Sovereign. This Sovereign's pearl was sent to Kola and then to Moscow. Pearl extracted from the Varzuga River was collected for the Patriarch treasury. Special tender feeling to pearl was arisen in Pomorjye and spread all over Rus among all segments of the people. A lot of pearl was used to decorate dresses and suits, headdresses and footwear.
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Kokoshnik, XIX century. Lace, cotton fabric, nacre, gold threads, metal spangles.