Women were at the heart of the peoples’ education and the spreading
of the Christian faith. They engaged is the meticulous task of translating the Bible. Then, the literate women
of Armenia went on the field to introduce the Bible to the population. In the 6th century AD, the independent national church
was created, the Armenian Apostolic Gregorian Church. The Church helped Armenia to assert its independence and encouraged the development
of its particular form of art and architecture.
With the national church emerged art and architecture, musical expression and the handicrafts
in stone, wood, metal and needlework of a flourishing Armenian style. Through destruction over the centuries,
however, much of this can now only be seen in the needlework with its sense of design and in the beautiful draperies,
altar fittings and the robes of the clergy.
The costume of the citizen woman from Talin reflects a literate and economically advanced society