Wedding Crown

Shenkursk District, Arkhangelsk Gubernia. Late 18th-early 19th century

Headdresses of brides from Shenkursk — the gorodchaty crowns — have unusual edges shaped like crystals or enormous snowflakes. They are solid, made from glued cardboard, with a ring around the base, covered with silver embroidery so that the patterns shine like polished metal. Important to this headdress are the wide brocade ribbons at the back, with gold embroidery and lace, the embroidered diamond shapes hung on silk ribbons and the elegant fringe. As ethnographers have noted, these ribbons were called khlobysten. (Molotova 1978, 227–229).

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