Russia has always been a melting pot of diverse nationalities – 150 million people living on the same territory, with no more than half of them ethnic Russians.
Traditional Russian costumes are as bright and colorful as the many ethnic groups resident in the country. The variety of vivid colors of the folk clothing exhibits both a love of beauty and the diversity of the population.
The costumes are not only splendid, but also very comfortable to wear as they were created especially for work and everyday life.
Naturally, celebratory clothing differed somewhat from routine wear. Dresses and outfits for wedding ceremonies and various holidays consisted of a range of colors, decorations, shapes, and materials used to make them.
One particular color is a Russian favorite: Red. This color was often used not only in clothes and dresses, but also in many decorations, household items, toys, interior designs, and even some elements of architecture.
“Red has always been extremely popular among Russians”
Red has always been extremely popular among Russians; it was often used in the famous female headdresses “kokoshnik”, linen “rubashka” shirts, women’s dresses called “sarafan,” and in traditional Russian tablecloths made in a special way with bright patterns and colorful ornamentation on a white background.
Such a huge country, of course, had differences in style depending on region. In the northern part of Russia, decorations were nice and modest enough, and made in traditional fashion.
In southern regions, the architecture was more vivid, bright and colorful.
Russia is famous for its traditional folk costumes and dress, which are on full display in the Ethnographic Museum in St Petersburg, considered to be one of the best of its kind.
Folk clothing represents the culture and style of a given period and place; their unique form and shape make them beautiful and very special.