Russian folk costume

About the craft

Clothing is an integral part of the people’s culture, it reflects the people’s history and traditions. Folk costume is formed under the influence of climate, geographical location, economic structure, occupation and worldview of people. In addition, folk clothes have always conveyed information about the social status of a person, emphasized their age and family characteristics.

The Russian folk costume was characterized by the presence of many elements and layers. It was the details that sometimes distinguished the clothes of the inhabitants of a particular region of Russia. Since ancient times natural fabrics have been used for making clothes in Russia: homespun cloth made of cotton, linen, cloth made of sheep’s wool. They were painted with natural paints, often in bright colors (white, blue and red predominated), and were richly decorated with braid, beads, embroidery.