Lapti are the traditional shoes of the Russian peasants made from bast (fiber from the bark of the linden tree or birch tree). The word lapti apparently originated from the word “lapa”, which meant “foot” in old times, and now means paw. Until the beginning of the 20th century lapti were worn in every Russian village. https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/182884_464040387005267_1264201661_n.jpg
The Patternbank team recently stumbled on these pattern enhanced photographic works from Russian art studio Yakovley & Aleeva. Here mixing fashion and opulent Slavic culture to create a collection of stunningly beautiful folklore statements. Vibrant colour, Russian culture and rich pattern collide to deliver an updated folk look. See more of Yakovley & Aleeva’ s work here on their Behance portfolio site.