Presented Russian handmade head-dresses were traditional for Russia in 18 - 19 centuries. Women's headwear, though varied in shape and style, was subject to one of the strictest regulations: no married woman could be seen in public with her hair showing. Maidens, on the other hand, were expected to have at least tops of their heads uncovered, and were free to show off their hair. The best known and probably oldest kokoshnik had a high front shaped like a crescent with rounded edges. The front of a kokoshnik is adorned with gold and pearl embroidery.