All about Russian traditions, folk dances and habits

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Russian hats for everyone

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Russians hats are incredibly popular all over the world.   The main symbol of the Russian hat is, of course, "ushanka" (a bomber hat). It was a warm functional headgear in the Soviet Army which soon became a cultural icon of the Soviet Union.   In fact, Russian hats come in great varieties of furs and shapes. RusClothing.com offers light, summer "kartuz" caps, Cossack shirts, ushanka and general hats. There is a number...


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Ukrainian embroidery

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The Ukrainian embroidery is known all over the world. Red, embroidered poppy flowers on the white blouse is one of the most recognizable symbols of the Ukraine.   In fact, the embroidering tradition in Ukraine comes from the pagan roots, most of the ornaments were created for protection or special rituals. The skillful embroidery decorates the rushnyk towels, men's and women's shirts, table and bed linen. The clothing was decorated with floral...


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More about Russian dances

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Russia is rich not only of the culture but of the folk dances as well. There is a great variety of dancing styles. The dances vary by the music, the movements, the songs, the number of the dancers. But all these diverse folk dances have something in common – the Russian style. Every dance goes in the tight combination with the Russian traditional dress.     Russian folk costumes differ from one region to another. But all of them are...


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Kokoshnik

Kokoshnik or Russian tiara

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Kokoshnik belongs to these words that can be undoubtfully identified as Russian ones. Kokoshnik forebears were known in early 10th century. The word origin comes from the architectural arches called “kokosh” and can be seen on the ancient churches.   The kokoshnik was usually designed and embroidered to match the costume. The traditional Russian headwear is tied up at the head back with ribbons. Young girls and unmarried women...


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Russian shawls - symbol of Russia

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Talking about Russian traditional clothing, we should not forget about bright wool Russian shawls . Wool shawls  with floral and ornamental designs are considered one of the symbols of Russia and one of the best souvenirs.     Long time ago there were few skillful manufacturers that produced wool and silk shawls. The live example is, founded in 1795 in Pavlovsky Posad, the Pavlovo Posad Shawl Manufactory that created many Russian...


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Secrets of Kosovorotka shirt

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Kosovorotka is considered a true, native Russian clothing. Since we offer different versions of Russian shirt, it is good time to go a little deeper into a history.     There are two main types of the Russian shirt: a kosovorotka and a rubakha . Main difference of the kosovorotka from other shirts is a skewed collar. Several buttons of the collar can be positioned left or right but never in the centre. If you see...


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Natasha Rostova - War and Peace characters

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There are not many girls who didn't want to be like Natasha Rostova while reading War and Piece written by Leo Tolstoy. The novel is obligatory to read within school literature program. But only few read the whole book... In fact, girls read the Peace, boys somehow could handle the War. For sure, the Peace was about love and romance...   Do you know why some Russians are so clever? They were obliged to read a lot of sophisticated books at school...


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Folk art of Natalia Goncharova

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Natalia Goncharova (Наталья Сергеевна Гончарова) was a Russian avant-garde artist and painter, costume designer and illustrator. Natalia Goncharova was born in a small village of Tula region on 21st June, 1881. She grew up in the country and moved to Moscow when she was 17. She began her studies at Moscow Institue of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture.   Peasant dances   First, she took lessons in sculpture but then switched to...


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Popular Russian folk songs

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Russian folk songs date back to the time, when the first tribes settled down on the Rus area. Songs were always associated with calendar rites (spring sowing, harvest gathering) or special life events (birth, wedding, love, funeral) as well. The first singers were accompanied by gusli players. The best performers sung in front of tsar and foreign visitors. In this case, main repertoire was heroic ballads and legends. It is very difficult to determine the exact date...


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Kryzhachok: Belarus folk dance

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Kryzhachok is a popular Belarus folk dance. This funny name comes from Belorussian word for wild-goose - kryzhak, as the dance imitates birds movements. The folk dance had also other names such as Kryzhik, Pauluchok, Antoshka which depended on the song. This Belarus dance is ornamental, performed in couples by a large group of dancers.   K. A. Alexutovich played an important role in the development of Kryzhachok stage version. He added new steps and...


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