Starovery, or “Old Believers,” are Russia’s version of the Amish – and there aren’t as many of them as there used to be. A joint Russian-American research team is working to preserve a folk legacy that predates Peter the Great.    Of particular interest to me, naturally, is the fact that Old Believers dress in a distinctive fashion. “The woman’s dress is always a full dress which fits over a long-sleeved blouse and full-length slips. An apron is then fitted over the dress

Starovery, or “Old Believers,” are Russia’s version of the Amish – and there aren’t as many of them as there used to be. A joint Russian-American research team is working to preserve a folk legacy that predates Peter the Great. Of particular interest to me, naturally, is the fact that Old Believers dress in a distinctive fashion. “The woman’s dress is always a full dress which fits over a long-sleeved blouse and full-length slips. An apron is then fitted over the dress

Russian Orthodox Old Believers. One of the largest communities of Old Believers in the US is in the city  of Woodburn, Oregon an hour and half's drive south of Portland.

Russian Orthodox Old Believers. One of the largest communities of Old Believers in the US is in the city of Woodburn, Oregon an hour and half's drive south of Portland.

Old Believers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Old Believers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Russian Old Believers: Children at a Svadba (Wedding) 1971 in Woodburn, Oregon

Russian Old Believers: Children at a Svadba (Wedding) 1971 in Woodburn, Oregon

Old Believer children and their mother in the Old Believer settlement of Nikolaevsk, Alaska, 2008.

Old Believer children and their mother in the Old Believer settlement of Nikolaevsk, Alaska, 2008.

Starovery, or “Old Believers,” are Russia’s version of the Amish – and there aren’t as many of them as there used to be. A joint Russian-American research team is working to preserve a folk legacy that predates Peter the Great.    Of particular interest to me, naturally, is the fact that Old Believers dress in a distinctive fashion. “The woman’s dress is always a full dress which fits over a long-sleeved blouse and full-length slips. An apron is then fitted over the dress and the “poyas”…

Starovery, or “Old Believers,” are Russia’s version of the Amish – and there aren’t as many of them as there used to be. A joint Russian-American research team is working to preserve a folk legacy that predates Peter the Great. Of particular interest to me, naturally, is the fact that Old Believers dress in a distinctive fashion. “The woman’s dress is always a full dress which fits over a long-sleeved blouse and full-length slips. An apron is then fitted over the dress and the “poyas”…

Old Believers in prayer in 1897. When the Bolsheviks swept into power, many Old Believer communities fled to Siberia to escape religious persecution

Old Believers, Bolsheviks and bourgeoisie: The many faces of bygone Russia captured on camera by one of first photojournalists

Old Believers in prayer in 1897. When the Bolsheviks swept into power, many Old Believer communities fled to Siberia to escape religious persecution

Russian Old Believers bridal veil. (Photo from an exhibition entitled "Altai. Nature. The Old Believers.")

Russian Old Believers bridal veil. (Photo from an exhibition entitled "Altai. Nature. The Old Believers.")

Old Believer's Church in Tomsk \ Старообрядческая церковь в Томске

Old Believer's Church in Tomsk \ Старообрядческая церковь в Томске

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