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Kokoshnik, Kika, Volosnik - old Russian tiaras

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Nowadays hats are not that important as they were hundreds years ago. At that time the traditional headpiece could tell a lot: if a woman was married, if she had children and in some regions even how many children she had. The skillfully decorated, heavy and large headpieces were inherited from one generation to another and used only on special occasions.   Before the wedding   The girl’s headpiece was simple in old Rus. There was a...


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Dushegreya, poneva, sbornik - forgotten Russian clothing

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The bright, original folk costumes of Russia clothing kept traditional forms among peasants until the beginning of XX century. There were tsar crowns and girls’ wreaths that were handed on down the generations, and practical ponevas designed for married women and, of course, all kinds of sarafan dresses.   Sbornik Sbornik was a whole group of old head-dresses.  The word means the way of making the hat – assembling the material...


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Bulgarian costume - women's folk dresses

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The origin of Bulgarian folk costume lies in the heart of the 20 th century villages. At that time all the clothing was handmade and decorated with embroidery by women. The main materials were woven linen and cotton. From the early age little girls started learning how to spin, then to sew and later on how to embroider. Embroidery art was not that simple. Every symbol had a magic or protecting value. People believed that embroidered symbols may not only protect from...


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Polish folk costumes: overview

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Polish folk costumes play an important role in the culture of the country. The variety of designs, decorations, embroideries can tell so much about the person in the traditional outfit. We make some stylized Polish clothing for any occasion, which you can find here .     The hat could help to define the woman’s marital status. Young, unmarried girls usually wore floral wreath or just silk ribbons. As to the married woman, her head...


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Early Russian Fashion: from couturier to tailor

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If we start a talk about Russian fashion, the first name to mentioned is Nadezhda Lamanova. Her name is also interesting as she declared the loyalty to the new Soviet regime even though she was earlier the supplier of Her Majesty's Imperial Court before the revolution. Can you imagine this dangerous combination – extraordinary glamour dresses before 1917 and mass avant-garde fashion after?   She was a good friend of the French couturier Paul...


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Folk Art in Russia

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Close living with the nature in old days brought it up as the main topic of the hand embroidery, decoration and paintings. People invented different natural symbols that incorporate the strength and magic to protect them from the unknown, the evil, the poor harvest or, on the other side to help become wealthy and healthy.   The Russian folk art was formed in the late 1800s, when people started decorating their houses, painted flowers on the dishes, making...


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Russian fashion designers not to miss

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Russian fashion suddenly became worldwide attractive thanks to some young, ambitious designers. There is a saying “Good look opens the doors” which perfectly illustrates what fashionable clothes mean to Russian people, especially women. The hottest trend from Russia is a post-Soviet aesthetic, a new wave coming from the former USSR.   1. The number 1 designer is Gosha Rubchinskiy whose key aesthetic lies in the intelligent tailored...


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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

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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