Religious Icons Made From Millions Of Knots

Only the faces and hands of the saints in Denshchikov’s icons are painted on canvas, everything else is made from millions of linen knots. The artist doesn’t use any tools, like needles or crochets to make the knots, all the patterns and details are created directly by hand. The material used for these incredible artworks is created by the artist himself: he takes a piece of pure linen cloth (a fabric associated with Orthodox Faith), soaks it in water and takes it apart one string at a time. He uses linen threads between 1.6 and 6.4 feet long and works between 3 and 6 months on a single 15×19 inch icon. It might sound like a long time, but let’s not forget one of these things numbers up to nine million tiny knots, each made by hand.” w/ photos

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