Research: Traditional Russian Design
Images featuring traditional Russian embroidery and design with an emphasis on kokoshniks and other headwear
Ensemble, 19th century. Russian. Traditional Russian costume consists of straight, flowing lines. Beginning at the turn of the 18th century, the sarafan, a long, sleeveless dress, became the most popular article of peasant women's clothing in the Northern and Central regions of Russia. The sarafan is worn with a shirt, belt, and apron. In some areas, the epanechka, a short bodice identical in shape to the sarafan supplemented the basic ensemble.
Traditional Russian costume, blue and pink, 19th Century; from the collection of Natalia de Shabelsky (1841-1905)
Date: early 19th century Culture: Russian Medium: silk, metal, cotton, paper Dimensions: height; length between points: 14 x 19 in. (35.6 cm) Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Edward S. Harkness in memory of her mother, Elizabeth Greenman Stillman, 1931
Traditional Russian headdress, 19th Century, from the collection of Natalia de Shabelsky (1841-1905)
This object is from the collection of Natalia de Shabelsky (1841-1905), a Russian noblewoman compelled to preserve what she perceived as the vanishing folk art traditions of her native country. Traveling extensively throughout Great Russia, she collected many fine examples of textile art of the wealthy peasant class.
Traditional Russian costume, 19th century; from the collection of Natalia de Shabelsky (1841-1905)
kichka from the collection of Natalia de Shabelsky (1841-1905)
Depictions of the goddess are common in Russian embroidery, traditionally associated with fertility. Birds are associated with goddess worship for their proximity to divine beings through their home in the sky. A smaller daughter or minor goddess often accompanies the great goddess in embroideries intended to represent reproductive fertility. This language of visual motifs originated in Pagan times and continued to be used in embroidery after the Christianization of Russia. Later depictions o...