Pskov Gubernia. 19th century

The women of Pskov Gubernia adorned their heads with headscarves of gold-embroidered silk. The ends of these scarves were tied, first at the back and then on the forehead, in such a way as to create the appearance of a flat-topped cap with a bow on the forehead. The scarves’ lilac or brown silk backings are practically invisible behind dense patterns of embroidery executed over cardboard templates. Often called “golden heads”, these headdresses were sewn by nuns from St. John the Baptist Covent in Pskov’s Zavelichye District.

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