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Johann Nikadimus

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A modern master of a Russian tradition

  • • Johann changed career twice before becoming an artisan
  • • He makes sumptuous historical Russian headdresses
  • • It takes several months to make each kokoshnik

The life of Johann Nikadimus has taken a few impressive twists and turns. A native of Kazan, he moved to Moscow after obtaining his drama school diploma and first found a job in fashion retail. However his creative talent manifested itself unexpectedly: as a hobby, he participated in a folk music album recording, where the band in question decided to place a picture of a kokoshnik on the cover. In the process of researching the image, Johann became enchanted with the craft of making these traditional Russian headdresses and started looking for a master to teach him. Now he is one of a handful of artisans in Russia who knows how to make them. Using ancient techniques including goldwork, pearl embroidery and handstitching, Johann creates fabulous replicas of this historical headwear.

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Replica of a 'pochyolok' maiden headdress

This headdress is a replica of the traditional 19th century peasant maiden 'pochyolok' or 'crown' from Olonets province, featuring stylised floral decoration and female half-figures with upraised arms. Johann based it on an original version found in the All-Russian Decorative Art Museum in Moscow.

30 cm
21 cm

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Replica of a 'bicorn kokoshnik' headdress

Johann has recreated a traditional 19th century women’s 'bicorn kokoshnik' headdress. The front side is decorated with various flora designs, with a triangle in the centre. The triangle is traditionally used to symbolise the movement of the sun.

44 cm
27 cm

Photo: © Johann Nikadimus
Replica of a 'koruna' maiden headdress

Johann considers this replica of a 19th century maiden 'koruna' headdress from the province of Vologda to be one of his most unusual headdresses. After embroidering the fabric, the decorative panel was cut from a single piece of fabric and sewn on to a rectangle of cardboard around the perimeter to create the round shape.

10 cm
23 cm

Photo: © Alexander Konovalov
Replica of a 'kokoshnik' headdress

This headdress with solar and floral symbols is a replica of the 'kokoshnik' 19th century women’s headdress from the Tver province. In some regions and in some cases, it also existed as a maiden headdress without the brocade element on the lower section.

30 cm
27 cm

Replica of a 'pochyolok' maiden headdress

This peasant maiden headdress with floral ornament and female half-figures was an accessory worn by girls of the Arkhangelsk province in 19th century during holidays. Towards the end of the 19th century it became a ceremonial wedding headdress.

23 cm
15 cm

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