This is a Bulgarian Umilenie, from Backovo Monastery.
I made the icon board from our old kitchen counter in 2009, and then the process came to a halt. Still, the Korsunskaya never left my thoughts, so I started sketching (for a second time) on New Year's 2012. I intend to work on it every day, and let myself be surprized by the process itself.The "towel" is called a rushnik [рушник - towel] in Ukranian or a salfetka[napkin] in Russian . This one comes from Kiev.
Excellent information with good photographs on salfetki/ruzhniki can be found on
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Why bother copying?
He [Birkin] had taken a Chinese drawing of geese from the boudoir, and was copying it, with much skill and vividness. "You are copying the drawing," she [Hermione] said, standing near the table, and looking down at his work. "Yes. How beautifully you do it! You like it very much, don't you?" "It's a marvellous drawing," he said. "Is it? I'm so glad you like it, because I've always been fond of it. The Chinese Ambassador gave it me." "I know/' he said. "But why do you copy it?" she asked, casual and sing-song. "Why not do something original?" "I want to know it," he replied. "One gets more of China, copying this picture, than reading all the books."
DH Lawrence, Women in Love