"The Russian women's costume was based on the "sarafan" (a kind of sleeveless dress). The "sarafan" ensemble became widespread in Russia at the turn of the century and consisted of a shirt, "sarafan", belt, and apron.
Russian Sarafan - It is a pinafore-like dress that hangs from under the arms down to the ankles. It used to be worn by women in Russia. It might have been derived from the panjova, another Russian garment.