At the height of the cold war the USSR issued a series of stamps on Provincial Costumes. It is interesting to see from today's perspective that most of the costumes featured are now from independent countries issuing their own stamps. This one shows costumes from Lithuania where the aprons are always a geometric design.
Next comes Georgia and Byelorussia (today's Belarus). I like how the designer, Valeri Pimenov, has decorated the wording to look like a piece of ethnic embroidery or sash.
Here we move east to Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan and unfortunately the last of the stamps I possess. I'm now wondering why I have never pursued the others to create a whole. I feel a project coming on.