Sudogda District

Еру Sudogda district is located in the center of the Vladimir region. Almost two-thirds of the area is covered by forests. The population of the district is 37,839 people (2018). The administrative center of the district is Sudogda, with a population of 10,442 people (2018). The district was formed on April 10, 1929 as part of the Vladimir district of the Ivanovo Industrial Region. Since August 14, 1944, the Sudogda district has been part of the newly formed Vladimir Region. In May 2005, the district as a municipality was given the status of a municipal district.

In the middle of the 16th century, Sudogda is referred to in the documents as the Yamskaya Sloboda through which the path from Vladimir to Murom ran. Sudogda became a county town in 1788, from that time urban development began according to the General Plan.

By the end of the 19th century, a flax spinning factory and a bottle plant, which for a century determined Sudogda’s production focus, appear in the city. In the 20th century, the Bottle plant became the largest enterprise in the city – the "Red Chemist" plant, which produced glass containers, and since the 1960s – fiberglass. After reorganization of the last decades, these traditions are continued by a number of autonomous enterprises. There operate textile industries (linen and yarn) in Sudogda and a large dairy plant, whose diverse products are valued both in Vladimir and other areas. 

The surroundings of Sudogda are of great interest to tourists today. This, first of all, is the estate of the last leader of the Vladimir nobility V.S. Khrapovitsky in Muromtsevo (three kilometers from Sudogda). This is a wonderful palace and park complex of the turn of the 19th-20th centuries, planned according to the model of Western European castles. Currently, work is underway to restore it.

Amazing natural and spiritual beauty fill the place near the Savio-Transfiguration Monastery in Spas-Kupalishche (20 km from Sudogda). Not far from Sudogda there is a natural showplace that attracts mountain climbers – Dyukinsky quarries.  Trainings and competitions of climbers on cliffs up to several tens of meters high are held here.

The areas of decorative and applied art and crafts, developing in the Sudogda district, are blacksmithing, work with natural materials (weaving from pine wood chips, artistic processing of birch bark, withy weaving), wood and stone carving, embroidery, belt weaving, patchwork, manufacturing of folk dolls, folk costumes, etc. The main organizations that develop and promote folk art are the House of Folk Art of the Sudogda District, the Cultural and Leisure Association "Rodina", Sudogda Museum of Local Lore, Museum of crafts and life "Sineborye" in the village of Chamerevo, rural houses of culture. The ensemble "Sineborye" (Chamerevo rural House of Culture) is well known in the Sudogda District.

Crafts and trades
Blacksmith craft
Today, blacksmithing craftsmen are rare. But nevertheless, forges that are engaged in manual forging are preserved.
Wood carving
Argunovo carving. Morden masters of wood carving.
Birch-bark wares
Since ancient times, the manufacture of birch bark products was an important folk craft in Russia, where birch was one of the common tree species.
Weaving of pine wood chips
he traditional technology of weaving baskets for collecting mushrooms, bast shoes and other products.
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.
Ceremonial dolls