Out of all traditional Russian souvenirs matreshka dolls are the most popular ones. This wooden nesting doll is decorated by a colorful shawl and one can find inside it many more smaller dolls in the same colorful pattern. There are some matreshka dolls which contain progressively 20-30 smaller sister - dolls but these matreshkas are very expensive. First time matreshka dolls came into market was the end of the 19th century and at that time they were made only of 8 pieces. When matreshka dolls were presented to the International Exhibition in Paris they became extremely popular. Lately these dolls come out in different fashions and have different designs. For example, some matreshka dolls represent Russian politicians (Lenin, Stalin etc) or American presidents (Mr. Bush and others).
Designer style 'Khokhloma' appeared in Russia about three centuries ago and up to nowadays Khokhloma wooden souvenirs are lavishly decorated by the same rich golden, red & black paint of true Russian floral pattern. As a rule one can easily find kitchen utensils made in Khokhloma style on the market - plates, salad-bowls, cups, spoons and other items of everyday use. There is a great variety of Khokhloma household articles decorated in the same style though each pattern has its own perculiarity & charm. Khokhloma souvenirs are very popular in this country and are widely used for decoration as well as in everyday life.
LACQUER MINIATURE FROM PALEKH, MSTERA AND KHOLUY that the icon-makers started producing when their religious art lost popularity after the Soviet period.
ORNATE PORCELAIN FROM GZEL, a small Russian village in the Moscow region. Distinguished by rich ornamentation in vivid blue colours against snow-white background.
SHAWLS FROM PAVLOVO PASAD of pure wool, warm and attractive.
What to buy: offers porcelain from Gzhel, jewelry made of semi-precious stones, etc.
You can buy here everyhting... from food, flowers and jewelry to clothes. On the last floor are situated 2 cinemas, children's room, ice-cream cafe Buskin Robins.
What to buy: Prices in the supermarkets are one of the lowest in Khabarovsk.
What to pay: depends on what you are going to buy.
carries amber pieces, jewelry, wooden souvenirs from Khokhloma, semiprecious stones, art works of the Far- Eastern aboriginal people.
What to buy:
clothes, footwear, clocks/watches, electrical& electronic goods, cosmetics/perfumes, toiletries, photographic equipment, souvenirs, toys/games, etc.
What to pay: cash (rublies) , credit cards
Art, graffiti, sculpture, souvenirs: ivory bone, a nested doll, caskets, dolls, toys, goods made by native people of Far East, decorations made of stone, wood and amber.
What to pay: 1$ and more...