About this collection

<<p>Traditional utensils do not have much variety, which reflects the simplicity and practicality of the nomadic lifestyle. Materials used are mainly those that are locally available, including skin, wood, metals and bones. A utensil that stood in the middle of every nomadic yurt was the cast-iron kettle, called <em>khyasn</em>, of various volumes and mounted on tripods that were used for cooking meals, brewing tea, and distilling milk vodka. Utensils made of skin can be divided into two types according to their purpose: (1) Utensils used for eating food, and (2) for storing food and beverages. Cups, plates, spoons, containers and furniture were usually made from wood.</p> <p>Today a complete set of traditional utensils can only be seen in <span><a href="http://www.kalmykheritage.socanth.cam.ac.uk/common/kalmyksinrussia.php?language=en&amp;amp;classif=66">museums</a>. Many old and interesting utensils, especially those passed down the generations, are also kept by Kalmyk families as <a href="http://www.kalmykheritage.socanth.cam.ac.uk/common/kalmyksinrussia.php?language=en&amp;amp;classif=5">relics</a>.</span></p>

Recent Submissions

  • Badma Amulakova, Wooden Cups 

    Terbish, Baasanjav; Churyumova, Elvira (2018-03-31)
    Badma says that in the past the Kalmyks did not have many utensils. Neither did they have rich wardrobes. Since the number of clothes that a person could wear during his/her life was believed to be fixed, wearing ‘too many’ ...
  • Badma Amulakova, Tulkh (Tripod) 

    Terbish, Baasanjav; Churyumova, Elvira (2018-03-31)
    Badma talks about the hearth in the yurt and relays a legend about a man who carried a heavy tripod on his shoulders. Tulkh is a tripod that supports a metal ring on which sits a pot (khyasn to cook meal). In the past when ...
  • Badma Amulakova, Containers 

    Terbish, Baasanjav; Churyumova, Elvira (2018-03-31)
    Badma talks about 3 types of leather containers, including bortkh, tonkh and borv. Badma says that in the past the Kalmyks paid special attention to materials that they used to make utensils. It was important that utensils ...
  • Badma Amulakova, Arkhd 

    Terbish, Baasanjav; Churyumova, Elvira (2018-03-31)
    Badma talks about a bucket called arkhd to keep chigyan (sour milk). It holds 3 liters. It is made from the skin of a cattle or a camel. It has a wooden lid with a hole for a stick to go through. The stick is used to mix ...

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