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  • Russian Folk Dress: Fashion Items From Centuries Ago

    Today’s fashion is pretty much universal and people wear similar outfits in many places all over the world. But what was it like before mass-produced clothing was a thing? What did Russians in particular wear on a daily basis hundreds of years ago? Let’s find out.


  • Modern Brands Inspired by Russian Culture and Folklore: Part II

    As promised, here’s the second part of our favorite folklore-inspired brands from Russia. This time, the list includes jewelry, ceramics, makeup, and clothing items designed with love for local traditions.


  • Modern Brands Inspired by Russian Culture and Folklore: Part I

    Every other week we talk about all things Russian, including traditions and crafts, which we’re particularly fond of. And judging by the amount of creators inspired by local folklore, we’re not the only ones! Here are some of our favorite brands and craftsmen who bring together traditions and modernity in most unique and creative ways.


  • Three Keys to Deciphering Slavic Folklore Symbols

    ​Every culture has its own unique set of signs and patterns that, according to local beliefs, have the power to protect those who use them and help them prosper. You can find these symbols everywhere: on houses, on traditional clothing, and on other everyday objects. It’s hard to realize their full meaning today, but let us try.


  • Four Games Every Russian Played As a Child

    Children’s imagination knows no bounds, and this finds proof in the games kids play. Let’s learn more about them to break out of the routine for a moment.


  • Mysterious Creatures You Can Meet in Russian Countryside

    Once upon a time, every building in the village was believed to be inhabited by an entity of sorts. They could be helpful or dangerous, but in any case, they were respected and honored, so let’s find out how to treat them right. Just to be on the safe side. 


  • The Wild Side of Slavic Folklore: Animals, Plants and Related Beliefs

    The study of wildlife isn’t limited to biology and zoology – you can also approach it in a mythological and symbolic manner. That’s what our ancestors did and, thanks to folklore, we can try and perceive nature through their eyes, too.


  • How Indigenous Peoples of Russia Celebrate New Year

    ​Most, if not all, cultures feel the need to mark the day when one annual cycle ends and a new one begins. The date and the way of celebration, however, differ.


  • The Diverse and Colorful World of Russia’s Ancient Crafts, Part I: Toys

    Did you know that there are over 60 well-known styles of traditional crafts in Russia, each with its unique and recognizable features?


  • Get to Know Indigenous Peoples of Leningrad Oblast Through Music

    Leningrad Oblast (the region surrounding St. Petersburg) has been home to both Finno-Ugric and Slavic peoples for a long time. These cultures may have borrowed a little something from each other, but they've still preserved their individuality and uniqueness. When it comes to their folklore, the primary genre would be songs, which we can still enjoy today to immerse ourselves into the wondrous world of the past.