Dressed in a long homespun shirt, the spinner works at the prialka made in the Vologda region, spinning raw unbleached flax into thread that will later be used to weave linen fabric similar to the one worn by the two figures in the display. Busy with household tasks, women wore long dress-like shirts at home, donning a skirt or a sarafan to go outside. Married women were required to cover their hair at all times.

A platok (scarf) of brightly colored cotton prints was tied below the chin or wrapped around the head. Scarves were bought from peddlers traveling to the most distant corners of the country to sell their wares. The child figure wears a sarafan, hand woven from pestryad (linen) fabric, and a shirt embroidered with the solar and agricultural protective symbols.

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