Russian traditional dress. I love the headdresses - they are called kokoshniks. The embroidery on the dress/tunic is exceptional.
Kokoshnik is one of the very important elements of Russian traditional clothing.
Russian Girl w/ Kokoshnik: A traditional piece of female headware dating back to the 17th century, but similar to other headware dating back to the 10th century. It is most closely tied to matrimony; married women were forbidden to show their hair in public, w/ the Kokoshnik it could be plaited and tucked under, out of view. Banned by Peter the great for the social elite, it was brought back by Catherine the Great, & has remained a patriotic symbol since, & is often seen at weddings.
Culture - Woman wearing nice traditional clothing, Russia
Traditional costumes of boyars, Russian medieval aristocrats. 16th century, modern replica. #history
Russian women very often get accused of being overdressed. It is true to some degree - we love to put our best in any situation. I, for example, can always identify a lady from Russia just by the way she dresses whether its in Paris, London or New York. This obvious love for beautiful clothing lays in centuries long history of Russian traditional clothing.
Women in traditional clothing in Sakhalin, Russia; welcome visitors at the airport, offering bread and salt~