A cherkesska, the national Caucasian dress.



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A cherkesska, the national Caucasian dress. This tight waisted garment is always made of strongly woven wool. The favourite colours are black, dark blue, grey, and brown. Red, white, and ochre colored materials are also used. Cloth cases are attached to that part covering the chest in which formerly cartridges were kept. Even peaceful urban artisans have not discarded the empty cloth cases on their coats. A narrow leather belt is worn round the cherkesska to middle of which the national dagger (the kindshal) is hung. Shirt, trousers, and beshmet (cf. Pl. 69) are worn under the cherkesska, and over it the large semi-circular weather coat, the burka (cf. Pl. 52).

Orig. in the Caucasus Mus., Tiflis.
Date 1922(1922)
Source Oriental Costumes: Their Designs and Colors by Max Tilke p. 18
Author Max Tilke


Oriental Costumes: Their Designs and Colors by Max Tilke


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