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Weaving the past in a fabric: Old Believers' traditional costume

Clopot, Cristina



© 2016, FB and Media Group of Estonian Literary Museum. All rights reserved. Costume plays an important part in expressing ethnic identity. This article develops an analysis of the Old Believers’ traditional costume in its current usage. To differentiate between various uses for such material items, the article considers their active use, embedded in rituals and ceremonial life, and a passive use, as exhibits in a museum. The ethnic costume is still preserved in the community for religious rituals. Older cuts and materials are used for costumes worn by choir groups in their performances at social and cultural events to represent their identity. The evolution and modernisation of the different costume pieces today are considered through examples drawn from my ethnographic research with Old Believers’ communities in Romania.


Clopot, C. (2016). Weaving the past in a fabric: Old Believers' traditional costume. Folklore, 66, 115-132.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 1, 2016
Publication Date 2016
Deposit Date Apr 30, 2019
Publicly Available Date May 2, 2019
Journal Folklore (Estonia)
Electronic ISSN 1406-0949
Publisher Folk Belief and Media Group of Estonian Literary Museum
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 66
Pages 115-132
Keywords Old Believers; Costume; Ethnicity; Romania; Identity
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