This page is devoted to traditional clothes in Kyrgyzstan.
A smart traveler usually reads and learns about the traditional cloth of a certain place where is he or she going to visit. Because the piece of fabric on people may reflect and hld many interesting facts about the whole nation. Kyrgyz national clothing has remained unchanged for seven hundred years. Kyrgyz clothes are the main part of the material and spiritual culture of the people. All outfits are closely related to the history of the people - they clearly reflect the social status, marital status and age of the person. A distinctive feature of national clothing is adaptability to the conditions of nomadic life, horse riding and special tailoring.
Kyrgyz clothing consisted of underwear and outerwear. There were several types of men's pants made of tanned leather or suede - "jarq shym", "kandagay", "chalbar". Such trousers were worn by warriors and rich people. Winter clothes were fur coats called "Ichik." By the way, the Kyrgyz especially appreciated fur coats from the fur of wild animals such as wolf, fox, lynx. An ancient type of men's shoes was ankle boots Chokoy and Charyk, traditional hats were: tebetey, kalpak and malakai.
Female wardrobe also consisted of both underwear and outerwear. The unique elements of women's clothing was a swing skirt - "beldemchi". Men were also used as combat clothing "beldemchi", but in such cases they were covered with metal plates.
Girls' hats were usually decorated with feathers of birds, and various ornaments from silver, pearls, corals, and other precious stones. Over the dress-shirt they wore a short or long sleeveless jacket - "chyptama" . Like men, winter clothing consisted of fur coats - "Ichik."
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