Festival costume of a young married woman. Russians. Kostroma Province, Galich. 19th cen.
Holiday clothes worn by young women and grown-up girls were highly decorative. Brightly coloured fabrics of silk brocade, semi-brocade and velvet were the most favoured materials for making sarafan dresses, shugai sleeved or sleeveless jackets, dushegreya wais or korotiona blouses. Those articles abounded in golden-thread embroidery, fringe, galloons and cording. Head-dresses were also very distinctive in their rich and beautiful forms, material and trimming. Married young women wore costumes of this kind on festive occasions for several years after their marriages.