FashionMuse: b – babouska

Babouska

a richly coloured and floral patterned scarf from Russia.

(Traditionally worn as a headscarf tied under the chin by Russian women. Also means “Grandmother” in Russian.)

BUY NOW:  Live the Russian Fairy-tale – These scarves bring a rich warmth and elegance to outfits and homes alike.

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Etsy has a great range.

WHY NOW: 

Babushka scarves are;

Warm and cheerful and perfect for winter. Of course, the Russians know all about the cold season; there’s no question why these warm, comfortable, aesthetically pleasing, natural wool shawls originate from this snowy clime.

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Photo: Happywedd.com

A cultured choice.  Once a necessity for all Russian women – as a means to keep warm, dress up and to show social and marital status.  The scarves were produced at home, and designs varied from village to village. The differing embroideries, prints and fabrics showed the wearer’s background and place of origin.   Now they are considered a much-loved family treasure – to pass on from generation to generation.

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Classic, commended wearable art.  (Pavlovo Posad shawls)

Traditional shawls have been made for over 2 centuries at the Pavlovo Posad Shawl factory, just outside Moscow. 800 kinds of shawls, kerchiefs, scarves, cache-nez, and tablecloths have been made at the factory since it first opened its doors in 1795, (with a brief period of inactivity during the Bolshevik revolution).  A group of artists produce the designs using skills that have passed down the generations. All prepared designs are considered and affirmed by Art Council and Ministry of Culture.

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A haute culture choice too. They often crop up on the runway (last seen at London Fashion week 2016). Vogue applauds Mary Katrantzou‘s Spring collection

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Photo: Yannis Vlamos/Indigital.tv

Finally don’t let the Russian Granny image put you off. Remember Raisa Gorbachev (the wife of Mikhail, President of Russia from 1985-91)  who wowed the world with old her school glamour.

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Flowers of Russia on your Shoulders!

Featured image: Pinterest

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