The traditions of the unique Khotkovo folk crafts date back to the end of the 19th century, when a joiner's workshop was organized in Abramtsevo, Moscow region, near the estate of the famous patron of the arts Savva Mamontov. Masters that worked there lived in nearby villages, including Khotkovo. Their talent provided the basis of the unique style of the art carving and developed it over the years.
The unique style of the Khotkovo bone carving arose from the combination of the traditional Abramtsevo carving and the bone carving art of the Russian North and Siberia masters. The factory products — mainly jewelry and decorative sculpture made of mammoth and walrus bones — were not only extremely popular in the USSR, but also famous outside the country.
However, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Khotkovo bone carving fell into decay. Like most folk craft enterprises, the factory was almost destroyed: the equipment was sold out, production and storage facilities were leased to various commercial organizations, the work of bone carving masters ceased to be in demand, and the unique team was dissolved.
Only in 2013, when the new owners took up the Khotkovo bone carving, production revived. Workshops were reopened, new equipment was purchased. The best masters of bone carving art from all over Russia were invited to work at the factory, and the best traditions of the unique Khotkovo bone carving style were restored.
Today the Khotkovo bone carving factory is one of the most successful folk crafts enterprises, and the products created by its masters are extremely successful at numerous exhibitions and are constantly demanded by clients.