Kameshkovo District

The Kameshkovo district is located in the north-east of the Vladimir region. In the west it borders with the Suzdal district, in the south – with the Sudogda one,  in the east – with the Kovrov district of the Vladimir region, in the north – with the Ivanovo region. The population of the Kameshkovo district is 29,525 people (2018). The administrative center is Kameshkovo with a population of 12,496 (2018), located on the Volga M-7 highway, as well as on the Gorky Railway line (direction of the Trans-Siberian Railway). Kameshkovo district was formed on February 10, 1940 as part of the Ivanovo region. Since August 14, 1944 the district was transferred to the newly formed Vladimir region. In May 2005, the Kameshkovo district as a municipality was given the status of a municipal district.

About a third of the district’s territory is occupied by agricultural grounds, another third is occupied by forests. The Kameshkovo district has great recreational potential. There are many children's summer camps and sanatoriums.

In the 19th century, the nature of the Kameshkovo district inspired an outstanding Russian composer and scientist A.P. Borodin, who spent several summers in the village of Davydovo and wrote here a significant part of the opera "Prince Igor". Currently, the Borodin House Museum is in the village of Davydovo.

In the early 1870s, peasant N.V. Kondratyev created an orchestra of shepherds horn-players of the village of Mishnevo (now  the Kameshkovo district), which gained fame not only in Russia but also abroad. Kondratyev’s "chorus of horn-players" contributed to the development of folk music. The shepherd’s horn became known as “Vladimir horn”, thanks to the fame of N.V. Kondratyev and his horn-players, although it was common in many provinces. It is no coincidence that the shepherd’s horn is depicted on the coat of arms of the Kameshkovo district, the small homeland of Vladimir horn-players.

The history of the Kameshkovo district is inextricably linked with the activities of the Ivanovo-Voznesensk manufacturer P.N. Derbenev, who at the end of the 19th century built a weaving factory on the territory of the "wasteland of Kameshky", which in two decades became a large-scale production.

The textile industry has traditionally been an important part of the economy of the Kameshkovo district today. Machine building (Kameshkovo Mechanical Plant, "Voyage" Scientific Production Association), and the production of building materials are developed.

The areas of decorative and applied art and crafts, developing in the Kameshkovo district, are: weaving, carving, making clay toys, folk dolls, embroidery, patchwork and others. The main organizations are the Kameshko District House of Culture “October 13” (club association "Magic clay", the club of female needlework "Paraskeva "), rural houses of culture. A well-known in the Vladimir Region creative team the Municipal Ensemble of Russian Song "Baloven" is in the "Autoclub of the Kameshkovo District".

Crafts and trades
Clay toy
Based on the study of materials about the ancient craft, factory masters were able to create a unique style of modern clay toys.
Embroidery in the technique of " white satin-stitch ", "Vladimir seam".
Scrappy sewing
Today, craftswomen collect from rags and fashionable clothes, and rag dolls, and even paintings.
Vladimir horn
For making a horn they used birch, maple, and juniper blanks the length of which varied from 36 to 85 cm.
Ceremonial dolls