Mathilde Kschessinska~ Ballerina at the Imperial ballet in Saint Petersburg. She was the mistress of Tsar Nicolas II before his marriage to Alexandra. She escaped to Paris and lived to age 98. Her palace is Petersburg is now an institute of the dance.
Mokosh was linked with female fertility and peasant women would pray to her for strength and health, which suggests that this towel was made in connection with marriage or childbirth. It is likely that this ritual towel came from the Eastern Slav part of Russia and the people using it would belong the the Eastern Orthodox Church
Portrait of Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia (1853-1920), after her marriage with prince Alfred, the second son of queen Victoria, duchess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and duchess of Edinburgh by painter Gustav Richter (1873)