Dushegreya with Folds

The first half of the XIX century

The dushegreya is a short item of women’s clothing reaching to the waist or mid-hip with straps that make it resemble a broad, flared sarafan. The fabric on its flared back falls in wavy folds or is gathered. Dushegreyas had hidden clasps in lieu of buttons and silk or linen linings. They were often quilted with cotton batting. Dushegreyas in Nizhny Novgorod Gubernia were made of crimson velvet or silk and embroidered all over, often so densely that the backing was obscured, a technique known as “v lom” embroidery. The backs of dushegreyas are covered with large pleats, or bors, usually seventeen in number.

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