Our Russian Connection and a Renaissance Dress was Born

It was May, 2015 when Elaine approached us to purchase a Banarasi fabric. We chatted over the email and she informed us that she intended to use the fabric for a renaissance dress. There were some back and forth on the shipping and other details and the fabric was on its way to the USA. 

About the Project

The project includes a gown, a hat and the jewellery that the actress in the picture is wearing. Hundreds of hours were spent researching & acquiring the right materials, extensive construction & detailed beading to complete the project. 

The Fabric

The fabric used for the gown is a Banaras fabric in turquoise, dark blue and gold. The pattern and the look of this fabric is a mix of Arabic and Indian which makes it perfect for renaissance dress. 


The Gown

The gown is for an actor portraying a Russian Tsaritsa during the late 16th century, when Queen Elizabeth I ruled England. Apart from other supplies used in making this gown, it is perfected with Indian silks, trims, swarovski crystals and fresh water pearls.

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The Hat

The hat is called a Kokoschnik; each province in Russia is represented by a different hat style. The hat made in this project is of the Moscow province. The emblem on the forepart (front of the skirt) is an authentic Russian double-headed eagle of 1589. 

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"It is truly a gown fit for a Queen. We are very happy with our purchase which made this incredible dress & accessories possible" says our delighted friend Elaine. 

The project pictures were taken by Tom George Davison. More project pictures by Tom can be seen here.

January 20, 2016 by DesiCrafts Shop
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