Karelia is a region in Northwestern Russia, which borders Finland to the west, Murmansk Oblast to the north, the White Sea to the northeast, Arkhangelsk Oblast to the east, Vologda Oblast to the southeast, and Leningrad Oblast to the south.
If you are a knitter, you might be interested in Medieval single-knitting technique shown in this video.
Capital city Petrozavodsk emerged due to Emperor Peter the Great and impetuous historic events of early XVIII century.
Many wars happened on Karelian lands.
Sweden and Novgorod was fighting over Karelian lands back in 13th century.
The Aunus expedition was an attempt by Finnish volunteers to occupy parts of East Karelia in 1919, during the Russian Civil War.
During WWII Finns joined fascist Germany and fought against Soviets on Karelian front line. [to be translated]
Some real WWII pictures
When were no wars, people of Karelia were working on their lands, raising their children and following their traditions.
Book by Fishman ‘Living by faith: Tikhvin Karelians-Believers”
Karelia – a real treasure house of folk art culture of the past and the present.
An equal part of the artistic heritage are ornamented objects of peasant life.
Festive knitted mittens. Arkhangelsk Province. mid XIX century.
This style of mittens is very popular in traditional Russian knitting:
shape-less thumb-hole, no rib and trinagle-shape in finishing the top of the mittens and the thumb.
More about Veps and Carelian embroidary
The Karelian craft center posted a video on Karelian embroidery