Saturday, July 25, 2015

Sarafan the traditional dress of Russia

Russia or Russian Federation is a federal semi-presidential republic. It is the largest country in the world by area and ninth most populous nation. As this is a very big country so the culture of the country is having a big diversity but the Russian people like their culture, traditions and traditional attar very much.

Sarafan is famous traditional attire in Russia from 14th century. Sarafan is a long, trapeze-shaped traditional Russian jumper dress (pinafore) worn popularly by Russian folk costume by women and girls during traditional functions or in folk dances etc.
The sarafan is mostly found among Finnic peoples, such as Vepses, Komis, Karelians and Finns, at first in the year 1376 sarafan was first mention, now days this is worn as folk costume for performing Russian folk songs and folk dancing. But until 20th century sarafan was the dress worn by peasant girls and women in the central and northern part of Russia.

Sarafan worn as Russian folk costume by women and girls

The Sarafans could be of single piece construction with thin shoulder straps over which a sleeveless vest, this is called a "dushegreya" is sometimes worn, this helps in giving the shape of the body of a smaller triangle over a larger one. This comes in different styles such as the simpler black, flower- or check-patterned versions formerly used for everyday wear, or the elaborate brocade versions formerly reserved for special occasions, according to the choice of different people these are also available in different varieties.

The important part of this dress is the header part. It is usually worn with the sarafan today in folk performances is the kokoshnik, although in the past a head scarf tied under the chin or at the back of the head was part of everyday dress, women in Russia like this types of dress to wear very much.

So these are some things about the famous dress of Russia. 

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