*** Here's the result of a project I wanted to go for long time ago - A Russian Kokoshnik inspired Side Tiara, a quite unusual choice for a wedding day. However, it is truly unique. I'm almost sure that not many brides wore anything like that before. So this piece will wait for a special bride, the one who is really looking for a Russian inspired bridal tiara:). It has been made of gold tone wire, glass beads and jade beads, oxidized for a vintage look. I also think that I came up to a new wire-bead technique, at least I have never find anything else similar to it. I would name it " Wire Bead Embroidery ", it's exactelly the same, only without a needle and a fabric, just wire and beads. It is also as time consuming as regular embroidery, it took me a whole week to make this side tiara.
Here are some Wikipedia facts about Russian Kokoshnik:
" The kokoshnik (Russian: коко́шник; IPA: [kɐˈkoʂnʲɪk]) is commonly used name for a variety of a traditional Russian head-dresses worn by women and girls to accompany the sarafan, primarily worn in the northern regions of Russia in the 16th to 19th centuries.
Historically a kokoshnik is a headdress worn by married women, though maidens wore a headdress very similar to a kokoshnik, but open in the back, named a "povyazka". The word "kokoshnik" describes a great variety of headdresses worn throughout Russia, including the cylindrical hats of Veliky Novgorod, two pointed nimbus "kika" of Vladimir, triangular shaped "kika" of Kostroma, small pearl hats of Kargopol or scarlet kokoshniks of Moscow etc.
While in the past kokoshnik styles varied greatly, currently a kokoshnik is generally associated with a tall, nimbus or crest shaped headdress which is tied at the back of the head with long thick ribbons in a large bow. The crest can be embroidered with pearls and goldwork or simple applique, usually using plant and flower motifs. The forehead area is frequently decorated with pearl netting. While wearing kokoshnik the woman usually wears her hair in a plait. It resembles theFrench hood worn in Tudor England, but without the black veil.
The word kokoshnik first appears in the 16th century documents, and comes from the Old Slavic kokosh, which means a hen or a cockerell. However, the earliest head dress pieces of the similar type (rigid cylindrical hat which completely covered the hair) have been found in the 10th- to 12th-century burials in Veliky Novgorod.
Kokoshnik gave its name to the decorative corbel arch that was a distinctive element of traditional Russian architecture since 16th century (see kokoshnik in architecture).
During the revival of Russian national culture in the early 19th century, diadem-shaped tiaras became part of the official court dress for royalty and ladies-in-waiting. These "kokoshniks" were inspired just as much by Italian Renaissance fashions and the french hood as they were by the authentic Russian kokoshniks still worn by the middle class and wealthy peasants of the time. This time, the variety used traditionally by unmarried women was worn by both unmarried and married women, showing front part of hair, and it had a translucent veil falling down the back.
Kokoshniks were worn by peasant girls and women on special occasions until the Russian Revolution.
After the Revolution kokoshnik was introduced into the Western fashion by Russian émigrés. Even before, it was a wedding head dress of Mary of Teck, the Queen consort of the United Kingdom.
Today kokoshniks are worn chiefly by girls and women in Russian folk ensembles. Kokoshnik is also a part of traditional costume of Snegurochka, the granddaughter and assistant of Ded Moroz (the Russian Santa).
One of the costumes of Senator Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars saga, the Gold Travel Costume, was based on the Russian national costume with kokoshnik, known in the West from the photographs taken during 1903 Ball in the Winter Palace. "
Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia