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Russian Minority Protects Costume Culture By 3D Printing

Sep 18, 2019

I don't know if you ever thought that 3D printing technology would become a tool to protect national culture. This is exactly what the Russian designer Bashkosa is working on. Bashkosa was born in a minority in Russia - the Bashkir tribe. There are many ethnic minorities in the vast land of Russia. Some people, like Bashkir, even have their own presidents and parliaments.

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Although they belong to Russian citizens, these peoples or tribes have their own history and culture (sometimes even religion). The Bashkir population totals 1.5 million and is distributed in the western part of the Ural Mountains and is believed in Islam. For centuries, they have been carefully protecting their culture, especially their most distinctive national costumes.

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However, in recent decades, with the invasion of Western and Russian mainstream culture, the Bashkir culture, including its national costumes, has become increasingly marginalized.

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Therefore, in order to protect his national costume culture, Bashkosa and his team decided to record and preserve it by 3D printing technology.

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The Bashkir clothing and headwear are covered with a lot of decorative metal pieces. Traditionally, these parts are made up of ancient coins and jewelry, which are difficult to replicate. Fortunately, 3D printing can restore this kind of clothing. Moreover, the Bashkir clothing style is especially suitable for 3D printing. It is not difficult to see that the 3D printed reproductions made by Bashkosa now have a very beautiful appearance, showing the unique beauty of this ethnic woman.

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These 3D printed works are not only beautiful, they also carry the mission of protecting Bashkir culture. Bashkosa took his work to participate in the 3D Printing World Expo in Sokolniki, Russia. With these gorgeous 3D printed costumes, people began to understand the Bashkir ethnic group and their culture.

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Bashkosa plans to use these works as display items in museums, cultural events, festivals and performances in the future. These 3D printed costumes can even be used as a substitute for traditional Bashkir decorations to replace expensive metal objects. In addition, he intends to sell them as souvenirs to visitors to the Bashkir people.

In fact, many countries in the world have begun to use 3D printing to copy some damaged cultural relics or works of art. It will become the best tool for us to review history and inherit culture.