What I learnt from the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia: Kokoshnik


5The Kokoshnik is according to Wikipedia, a traditional Russian headdress worn by women and girls to accompany the Sarafan (“sarafan” – a long, trapezoid traditional Russian jumper dress (pinafore) worn as Russian folk costume by women and girls).

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The kokoshnik is a headdress or tiara and has been around since the 17th century or even before.

In an article written by Tom Barton for Russiapedia, “The origins of the word [kokoshnik] come from both the distinctive arches visible in Russian architecture from the 14th century, and from the ancient word “Kokosh”, a female version of cockerel, with his large comb atop his head. No married woman was allowed to show her hair in public, so she could plait it and keep it hidden under her magnificent hat.”


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Queen Elizabeth wearing the Queen Alexandra Kokoshnik tiara 

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Vogue Russia 


There are many famous kokoshnik in history including Queen Alexandra’s kokoshnik tiara. Aside a kokoshnik, other Russian headdress includes the Ushanka and Kubanka.

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Kokoshnik photos from the 2201 FIFA World Cup Russia 


Photo Source: Pinterest, Getty Images, rusclothing.com.

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