Khokhloma painting is stunningly bright, beautiful, and is characterized by golden luster. The handicraft evolved in the XVII century, not far from Nizhny Novgorod.
Khokhloma craftsmen used to paint wooden utensils and furniture. By some account, the Old Believers actively participated in the creation of the handicraft. In those days they lived in the Novgorod Province. According to another version of the story, painting on wooden products with the use of tin powder was known in large handicraft villages, such as Semenovskoye and Lyskovo, even before the Old Believers. The mentioned village of Semenovskoye has long since become a city. The city of Semenov is one of the major centers of Khokhloma painting.