Russian Holiday Costume, turn of the century. Fashionable doll in colors of red, white and brown with a large headdress, known as a kokoshnik. The kokoshnik has been around since the 17th century or possibly earlier. It derives from the the Old Slavic "kokosh", which means a hen or a cockerel. It was generally worn by women (married or not) as part of a wedding ceremony or during special occasions. Peter the Great banished the kokoshnik, but Catherine the Great made it a part of Russian fashion again. Around 1812, Russian patriotism and the Royal Russian court helped to re-establish it as an integral aspect of Russian culture.
Costume consists of silk,satin, lace and embroidery. Doll is made of pottery clay with painted features. Made in Russia by "Poteshny Promysl" in the 1990's. 10¾" in height. Gently used condition (small black spot at the very bottom of the doll in the front not especially visible).