"Russian Traditional Dress" set of postcards from 1962
This is a set of postcards depicting Russian Traditional dress, they were produced in 1962 and it indicates that the drawings are by N. Vinogradova.
The following drawings represent dress from the North of Russia.
This set depict dress from the South of Russia.
This final set depicts costume from Central Russia.
The print quality of these postcards is not brilliant, the printing is slightly offset and appears blurred on closer inspection.
The drawings are functional in appearance as they are a visual documentation of Russian traditional dress. These images appeal to me because they are performing a vital cultural recording job and still they contain artistic merit and the illustrator has breathed life into the national dress. For me they keep the traditional dress alive and vibrant, this is a series of working illustrations and as such illustrates what a key role the practice of illustration plays in recording cultural heritage.
I acquired these post cards as reference for a book about traditional Russian folklore stories that I illustrated for Time Life about ten years ago.