Russian culture is rich is style and variety, reflecting their love of education, arts and humanities. Russians prize success in almost every field of endeavor and intellectual or creative accomplishments rank equal to athletic, economic and political achievements.
In a country where an estimated 4 of 10 people have university degrees, it’s no surprise that chess is a spectator sport or that the country has produced many world champions in recent decades. Reading ranks among the most popular pastimes, and why not, when Dostoyevski is a national hero.
Tchaikovsky’s ballets, Prokofiev’s symphonies, Pasternak’s poetry, Chekov’s plays, Chagall’s paintings are just a few of the most famous names in their arts. Russians of every class speak of operas and art galleries as easily as most Americans speak of last weekend’s scorebox and with just as much enthusiasm.
The vastness of the Russian Federation means that it is home to numerous ethnic groups, many of which have contributed to the variety and designs of Russian clothing. Regional attire styles are beautiful, as well as convenient, as they were designed with practicality as well as beauty in mind.
Perhaps the premier folk art of the country, embroidery and woven patterns reflecting their place of origin. Colorful skirts and shawls highlight women’s clothing, while the simple side-button men’s shirt with belted waist is a world-renowned Russian icon.
Adding a sample of Russian culture or dress to your home will make it certain that you don’t get tagged as a “nekulturney” or “uncultured person”, which, in Russia, is as bad an insult as you are likely to hear.