Kosovorotka shirts

Kosovorotka is a traditional Russian shirt and a part of menswear widely used in Russia at the end of the 19th century. Originally it was made with red textile plaids and stripes.

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Unlike an ordinary shirt, it has a slanting collar with a cut on the side. The cut according to academic Likhachev was invented to secure pastoral cross from showing during work.

Depending on the occasion kosovorotkas were workers or festive. Usually belted with cord or woven belt, they were worn on the outside, not tucked in pants. The belt could have little brushes at the ends and traditionally tied on the left side.

Kosovorotka shirts were made from linen, silk or satin and embroidered on the sleeves, hem or collar. Indoors shirts were worn with the west.
Traditionally shirt is the most popular element of Slavic folk costume. The word “shirt”, seemingly, comes from “RUB”, meaning a piece of fabric. Consequently, it served as the base for the name of the garment.

Certainly, this type of Russian shirts emerged not before the 9th century.
In most regions of Russia, kosovorotka as a fashionable and festive shirt has replaced in the 19th century the shirt with a straight cut on the chest.
Kosovorotka boho shirt saved the unique design of kosovorotka shirt, has all the attributes of traditional Russian shirts and represents the unique period of Russian history.

Nowadays kosovorotka – handsome, Russian style shirt for men with straight cut lines, long sleeves and embroidered design.