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Furs and beads for Yakut fashionistas

Furs and beads for Yakut fashionistas

For northerners, the deer is not only the main mount and source of food, but also a valuable "supplier" of materials for clothing. Since ancient times, winter clothes were sewn from deer skins, summer clothes - from rovduga (dressed deer skin). Nowadays, traditional clothing is mostly worn either during the holidays or combined with modern clothing.

Today's national clothing of the northern peoples is very different from the traditional. This is connected not only with the appearance of new materials in everyday life, but also with the strengthening of inter-ethnic contacts, as a result of which interchange of clothing details took place. For example, even-reindeer herders now prefer either deaf outerwear (like the Chukchi or Koryak), or fur jackets with pockets and turn-down collars (like the Yakuts).

According Evdokiya Bokova - Even poet, melodist and collector of Even folklore, not so long ago, the men's and women's clothing Evens was the same, and the difference was mainly in the number and nature of jewelry. Men's aprons were decorated modestly, women's ones were decorated with roving fringe, fur brushes, metal pendants, etc.

For the decoration of clothing and household items, the peoples of the North have long used beads. There is evidence that in pre-revolutionary Russia a whole deer was given for a small number of beads. The art of sewing beads among the indigenous peoples of the North is passed on from generation to generation. Beaded ornament in combination with cloth, leather, fur northern masters decorate clothes, boots, hats and even deer and deer sledges.

See an interesting selection of photos of national clothes of some small nations of Yakutia.

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