Lapti

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Lapti

 

(singular, lapot’), footwear woven with bast or birch bark (sometimes leather straps were intertwined for durability). Various types of lapti were commonly worn among the Western and Eastern Slavs, as well as among the peoples of the Baltic, Volga, Kama, and Ural regions. Until the middle of the 19th century, lapti were the basic form of footwear of the peasant population of Eastern Europe. Tools used in weaving lapti have been found at Neolithic sites, indicating the extremely ancient origin of this type of footwear.

References in classic literature ?
Under guise of a present for the pilgrims, Princess Mary prepared a pilgrim's complete costume for herself: a coarse smock, bast shoes, a rough coat, and a black kerchief.
I never longed so for the country, Russian country, with bast shoes and peasants, as when I was spending a winter with my mother in Nice.
We ourselves have acquainted our neighbors with the thought that for every embezzling Jew it is possible to drag the entire ancient people to answer, a people that was already legislating at the time when the neighbors had not even invented a bast shoe .