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"Old Believer" Dresses

"Old Believer" Dresses

These are a series of dresses I found in a thrift store in Fairbanks, Alaska.They are recently made "Old Believer" dresses. Old Believers are aconservative offshoot of the Russian Orthodox Church that broke off from the main churchafter Peter the Great's reformation of the Orthodox rituals in 1700. Large numbersof Old Believers emigrated from Russia during the 20th Century because of religiouspersecution from the Communist government. Several small towns in Alaska are largelycolonies of this group. These dresses most probably are from one of thesetowns. The traditional dress of Old Believers is a modern adaptation oftraditional Russian peasant dress. Women's dress is based on the Sarafan.These dresses include several unusual features that make them immediately identifiableas modern Sarafans: 1. A high yoke in front with many gathers over thebreast. 2. A flat back bodice piece or smocked back going down to the waist.3. In many cases, there is a hidden slot in the front pleats of the dress forbreastfeeding. All these dresses are made of silk-like polyesters that resistwrinkles. For more information on

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UafcollectionOldbelieverMvc-004f.jpg This dress has the plastic pearls attached to it.

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OldbelieverMore2Mvc-025f.jpg Two asymmetrical style Sarafan styles.

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Combination shirt (rubachka), and underskirt of polyester with punch needleembroidery at shoulders

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OldbelieverMore2Mvc-016f.jpgslot for nursing.

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UafcollectionOldbelieverSlitside.jpg two similar dresses with irregular ruffled hems. Possibly intended to beworn over an underskirt.

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More traditional style Sarafans made for little girls. They are intendedto be worn over a gathered blouse like a jumper.

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Sarafan made for an adult woman.

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Pattern of the black fabric of the dress (altered to white in Photoshop sothe pattern shows up):

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UafcollectionOldbeliver2Mvc-003f.jpgWoman's polyester sarafan

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UafcollectionOldbeliver2Mvc-007f.jpgLittle girl's sarafan with built in blouse

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UafcollectionOldbeliever3Picture027.jpg Little girl's sarafan with built in blouse

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UafcollectionOldbeliever3Picture034.jpg Little girl's sarafan with built in blouse

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UafcollectionOldbeliever3Picture042.jpg Little girl's sarafan with built in blouse, and collar with bugle beads. (itlooks like the girl tore two rough "nursing" holes in the pleats ofthe front, perhaps for playing with dolls?)

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UafcollectionOldbeliever3Picture055.jpg Little girl's sarafan in traditional style

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