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  • Writer's picturePatrick Moriarty

Historic Estonian Paisleys

The historic paisley skirt and shawl are on show in the Estonian National Museum (Eesti Rahva Muuseum). Thanks to my sister who took the photo on the left on her visit to the museum in 2015. The other photos are by Anu Ansu, Arp Karm. The man is wearing a Setu bridegroom costume from mid/late 19th century, which demonstrates the popularity of paisley shawls, not just in Western Europe but across Europe and Russia during this period. Estonia was part of the Russian empire at this time but was displaying a more distinct national cultural identity in the decades leading to it's independence in 1918.

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