Turkish / Persian influences in Russian clothing
- I agree completely with Larisa Ivanova on this. If you look at
Russian costuming in the 15th / 16th centuries, you see the central
asian influences (coats, sashes, ti'afas or "beanies", decorated
hanging nettings of pearls, etc.) slowly shift from thier Tatar roots
to a very Turkish designs, such as the letnik, which is a direct
ripoff of the Turkish woman's overgarment, the Ferjasy (except with
ornamented bands at the cuff, the seam open from cuff to elbow and a
decorated from opening. Russians also showed a taste for the
Persian overcoats ("opashen") with Russian elements (bicep bands of
cloth with no cloud collar imitations on the shoulders as in Persia).
In the seventeenth century, Russian clothing strongly resembles
Persian clothing, probably because they traded with the Persians but
warred with the Turks (like everyone else in Eastern Europe).
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