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Ivanovo Oblast is a place full of artisans famous since ancient times for miniature lacquer and icon painting art, weaving, fabric painting, and jewelery making. The most visited place in Oblast is the beautiful town Plyos, depicted in the paintings of Isaac Levitan. The special Plyos light, the unusual terrain of the Volga banks and provincial atmosphere attract tourists, artists, and photographers. Every year Ivanovo Oblast turns into a world center for independent photography for a few days when the Andrei Tarkovsky International Zerkalo Film Festival is held in the towns of Ivanovo, Plyos, and Yuryevets.More about the region