Traditional Russian Shawls
Russian shawls are essential accessories for all seasons. Goat down and wool ones are great for winter, at the same time silk, linen and cotton ones save from summer heat.
Although they appeared as such only between the 16th and 17th century, they depict cultural heritage passed down through generations. For centuries women covered their hair, as it was a matter of honor. Headwear varied from place to place and has been changing with the flow of time, reflecting elements of everyday life: stylized geometric and vegetal elements, whorls of various forms and sizes, elements of icon painting and wood carving.
Before the 19th century all shawls had been home-made, then mass production of both printed and woven shawls started. Patterns were applied using wooden carved molds. The subtlest traces and intricate ornaments were created by simple tools and skilled hands. Finally, when hand labour was replaced by machinery, the efficiency of manufactures increased, and soon Russian shawls won glory internationally.