Shawl "BELTS" wool 135x135
The shawl pattern is inspired by Russian traditional women’s belts of the 18th century.
Design and production: KOKOSHA.
Size: 135x135 cm.
Material: 90% wool 10% cashmere.
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Belts were an integral part of the traditional costume. Belts performed several functions simultaneously: practical, protective, symbolic, magic and esthetic. Belts in traditional cultures represented an important detail of men’s, women’s and kids’ garments. Accessories necessary in everyday life were fastened to belts, such as: women’s keys, combs, purses; men’s arms, pipes, tobacco pouches. Beyond their purely utilitarian function, belts held symbolical significance. Tied round a person’s body, the belt represented a self-contained circle that, according to folk beliefs, barred a way to evil spirits and protected from malefice.
Woven belts in the shape of a ribbon symbolized the road, the life journey. It’s no coincidence that ribbons on our scarf are adjoined by the running horses harnessed to carts and carriages, locking into a cross as a symbol of eternal circle of life.