A little Old Believer girl in a village on the River Dniester in southern Ukraine. The Old Believers are descendants of Russian Orthodox Christians who rejected the liturgical reforms of Patriarch Nikon in 1666. Some Old Believers fled Russia and there are now OB communities in various parts of the world.
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