Add to favorite
 
123
Subscribe to our Newsletters Subscribe to our Newsletters Get Daily Updates RSS


Just Shapka
October 2, 2018 17:09


(Source: http://www.matruska.ru/bir-rus-simgesi-usanka-rus-kalpagi)
Shapka (hat, cap) is the most popular winter gift from Russia. However, the cap with earflaps in frosty days turns from a souvenir into a vital necessity. No wonder, Russian shapka has a very long history.
 
1. The prototype of the Russian treukh (literally, “three ears”),  a round fur hat, usually made of sheepskin, with a broad flap at the back that covers the neck all the way to the shoulders, and two smaller earflaps, is a Mongolian malakhai. Sheepskin cap-transformer protected the nomads from  arrows, and, most importantly, the wind. When the frosts were over, the Mongol horsemen were tying a headdress on the back of the head. 

Top Russian Fashion Designers - Buy Online
 
2. The Pomors wore their own version of treukh. Practical tsibak hats were popular among Finno-Ugric peoples. "Opleuha" – a fur Pomeranian helmet, complemented by long ears, which went down to the waist. Fishermen used them in harsh weather instead of a scarf, going to the White Sea.
 
3. The Ushanka came to Russia from the north or from the south - no one will say for sure. In the sixteenth century, treukh was a symbol of well-being. It was not only men who wore it. The female version was supplemented with a frill covering the hair at the back of the decorated with pearls - a kind of winter kokoshnik.

 
4. Attribute of wartime.  In 1919, ushanka was a part of a uniform of the White Army and became known as Kolchakovka  - after the name of General Alexander Kolchak. A woolen headdress was  sewn from Japanese linen. It was worn both by soldiers and commanders. The officers were distinguished by a cockade or a white-green ribbon.

Buy Russian Souvenirs Online
 
5. Workers and 'Peasants' Petrograd picked up the fashion for a hat with earflaps. And it already looked like a modern hat. But the leather headdress with astrakhan edging was an indispensable attribute and a special chic accessory of the wealthy Petrograd public.

 
6. At the beginning of the 30s of the last century,  ushanka appears in the Red Army as part of the fighters' winter uniforms. The first to wear this headdress were sailors. In the Naval Forces, earflaps were always of black colour – traditional for the fleet.  
 
7.   45 years ago ushanka was mentioned in an order of the USSR Ministry of Defense. The ground forces received steel-colored flaps, the Air Force – the colour tone of the evening sky, the sailors - their traditional black. The more severe the conditions, the longer the ears - to hide from the cold, not only the soldiers' ears, but also the chin.

 
8. Ushanka is crossing borders and becomes a part of the uniform not only in the Russian army. China and North Korea, Mongolia and Canada, Sweden and Finland - northern countries greatly appreciated the warmth of ushanka, while Westphalia Police Department tests showed that Russian earflaps are much warmer than baseball caps with ear protection.
 
9. Ushanka   overstepped the bounds of practicality and appeared on the podium, thanks to Vyacheslav Zaitsev, who turned a winter hat into a modern stylish accessory. The idea of Russian couturier was picked up by Dolce&Gabbana. There are even high-tech caps  with LED-displays. Ushanka as a symbol exists in the uniforms of   the English football club Chelsea.

 
10. Kabardinka made of otter and Cossack Burka, Belarusian Ablavukha and Polish Magerka, Latvian Ausene and Estonian Laki-Laki -  Russian treukh  is famous the world over. And this very headdress is indicated in the Oxford dictionary simply as “shapka”.
 

Sultanna Frantsuzova




Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: Russian designers Russian fashion Vyacheslav Zaitsev Russian winter Russian souvenirs 

Next Previous

You might also find interesting:

Futuristic Streetwear by Shumov Russian Winter By Vera Kostyurina Genderless Future by Alexandra Koryakina ART Kvadrat Foundation DML Moscow









Comment on our site


RSS   twitter   facebook   submit

Bookmark and Share

search on the map
TAGS:
Bards  Krasnoyarsk Territory  Must See Places  Contemporary Arts  Vologda region  Moscow  Mstislav Rostropovich Music Festival  Festivals in Moscow  Russian Cinema  Russian regions  St. Petersburg  Russian tourism  Military Technical Museum  Fires  Russian winter  Gourmet Tours  Communists   meteorite rain  Unusual Monuments  Russian banks  Photo Exhibitions  Russian business  Russian ballet dancers  Konstantin Tsiolkovsky  public transport  Exhibitions in Moscow  Dutch Village in Moscow  Paleontology  Tourism cluster  Russian futurists  State Duma  Russian science  Kursk  World No Tobacco Day  International Chamber Opera Festival  Activists  Synagogue  Architecture  Russian history  Rosneft  Russian medicine  Monaco  Sorcery  Adygea  Mikhail Kalashnikov  International space station  Alisa Freindlich  Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia  Russian oil and gas industry   Transfiguration Festival 


Travel Blogs
Top Traveling Sites