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

Clopot, Cristina Elena



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 articleconsiders their active use, embedded in rituals and ceremonial life, and a passiveuse, 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

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2016
Journal Folklore. Electronic Journal of Folklore
Electronic ISSN 1406-0949
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 66
Pages 115-132
Institution Citation Clopot, C. E. (2016). Weaving the past in a fabric: Old Believers' traditional costume. Folklore, 66, 115-132.
Keywords Old Believers; Costume; Ethnicity; Romania; Identity
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© Folk Belief and Media Group of ELM, Andres Kuperjanov, Estonian Folklore Institute, according to CC Licence BY-NC-ND 4.0

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