Traditional Dress

Traditional Russian clothing was made in accordance with climate and way of people’s life. Initially, these dresses were not slim-waisted, that way extra warmth was abstracted from a body during a summer’s heat wave and was preserved in many layers of clothes during winter’s cold spell.

Each social group had its own costume and it mostly remained the same except for traditional dress of the most privileged social groups. Its cut had been developing for many centuries, moreover, clothes were quite expensive, especially festival dresses. Sometimes people living in neighboring villages could wear widely different clothes.

Clothing differed in accordance with seasons and occasions, for instance, there were special clothes for work, home, holidays and so on.

National Russian costume went through drastic changes during the reign of Peter the Great who abolished traditional dress and preserved these traditions only in peasants’ clothing.

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