A&S Championship and Display 2022: Hanya Vladimirovna Polotskaya

Documentation: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OMgUBi_N-GSOeBbmUV1JaOBD1QLHFTSQ/view?usp=sharing

Ohaben’ is an open garment worn by men and women in late period Russia. Women’s examples have a different style of opening than the men’s. The women’s version of the garment is sometimes called “opashen’” as well. There are several extant examples surviving from royal collections. Ohaben’ was originally clothing of the nobility but in the 15th to 17th  centuries the style is very likely to spread to the common people in that time.

This is a womens ohaben’ garment from the late-period Novgorod area for an impression of a wealthy peasant. The garment is based on an extant piece from 1628 in the Romanov collection. It is modified based on historical evidence from research to fit the status of the wearer. It is completely hand sewn wool with a linen lining. Main seams and top stitching are done with linen thread. Seam finishing is done with color matching wool thread.

10 thoughts on “A&S Championship and Display 2022: Hanya Vladimirovna Polotskaya

  1. Oh, this is so interesting! I didn’t know much about late-period Slavic garments, so it was great to read your documentation. I definitely notice both some similarities and differences between this and earlier eastern Scandinavian klappenrock/caftan style coats. And it looks nice and warm. I like how sturdy your construction technique and finishing stitches are; that should hold up well through a lot of use! Beautifully done!

    1. Thank you! I hope it lasts well. I don’t like to be cold so this will have plenty of wear.

      It’s pretty hard to find information on mid to late period in the Slavic area, especially for fabrics. That’s a great comparison, thank you! Most of my sources suggest a more eastern origin to the garment as brought over with the Turkic migrations and Mongol rule.

  2. I like the way that you’re “testing” this. Is the color correct for the garment? I really like it!

    1. I haven’t found information if the color would be correct or not, especially for a commoner impression. It is a possible color to get with play dye. There is nothing that I have found so far that would make the color definitely not possible.

    1. Thanks! It was fun to use net techniques and materials for this.

    1. Thank you! The snow storm had good timing for the project finish.

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