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Sarafan costume, Moscow, 1983

Contributed by Maine State Museum

A kokoshnik, a traditional headdress, along with the sarafan, the folk dress, that Samantha Smith, 11, of Manchester, was given when she visited Moscow in 1983.

The Moscow Pioneers (a Soviet Union youth organization) made the pearl-decorated kokoshnik.

Smith had written to Soviet leader Yuri Andropov expressing her concerns about nuclear war. He wrote back to reassure her and invited her and her parents, Jane and Arthur Smith, to visit the Soviet Union in July 1983.

Samantha wore the costume several times and appeared in it on the cover of Soviet Life magazine. The dress and pearl headdress are the Russian national costume.

Other Information

  • Title: Sarafan costume, Moscow, 1983
  • Creation Date: 1983
  • Subject Date: 1983
  • Media: Cotton
  • Object Type: Image

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Maine State Museum
83 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333
(207) 287-2301

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