|Dimitri and Katrena|
|Katrena's New Gown and Venec|
Thank you Karen. I never forget a kindness.
|A Side View|
The traditional costuming of Russia is grand and glorious. The colors rich, the embroidered patterns stunning, and the designs, unique and beautiful to the different regions. My deep appreciation of the Russian culture is realized by the folktale and folklore books I own, my love of the Russian ballet, my fascination with Catherine the Great (who coincidentally reigned during my favorite period in art), my recent interest and collecting of Genedy Spirin's books, and a noodle "desert" dish a Russian lady I once worked with, brought in for a pot luck. There is no question that once I hop back on the dream train to St. Petersburg, I'm lost for hours in the grandeur of the Russian culture. Oh, and let's not forget the little princess, Anastasia, and the tragedy that surrounded her life.
I also recall that one year, long, long ago, when the magazine first came out, Victoria offered a train trip to the central tourist destinations of Russia. It was aboard one of those luxury tourist trains. A group of Victoria readers surely had the trip of a lifetime! Regrets.
|A Back View - Tiny Pewter Buttons|
So yesterday I began early in the morning and literally zoomed through the process. As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, the best way to tackle silk dupioni is to not think about it. Just handle it deftly and with confidence and it will sew up beautifully.
While finishing the hem on the dress, I'd been contemplating what she should wear on her head. In a brain blink, I set my work down and rushed off to one of my doll closets and pulled out the Muffy Vanderbear "international" travel trunk I had stored away. I dressed my 8" Muffy in her Czarina Muffina costume, and there was my answer. A diadem or "venec". I had to make one for Katrena's outfit. I even hand-stitched each pearl on it. Fun!
|A Lenci Doll|
Doing a little bit of research, I found a fine example of Russian costuming on this beautiful felt Lenci doll. Examples of other "venecs" or diadems can be seen below.
And so, I am ready now for the next few costuming projects, and will certainly be thinking about what I would like to do for our little Russian 9"ers in the future.
Miss E. Mouse
|A Page to Color - Simple Illustration|
|How It's Displayed|
|Katrena and Dimitri|