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  • Nikolai Ubushaev, Why Does the Kalmyk Hat Have a Red Thread? 

    Terbish, Baasanjav; Churyumova, Elvira (2018-03-31)
    Nikolai relays that in the past during battles it was difficult to distinguish your side from the enemies. In order to overcome that, the Kalmyks came up with various war calls. For example, during battles the warriors ...
  • Maya Karueva, Men's Costumes 

    Terbish, Baasanjav; Churyumova, Elvira (2018-03-31)
    Maya says that traditionally men wore a manishka, a chest decoration made from floral embroidery. The embroidery was made from golden or silver thread. On top of it ordinary men wore a dark dress called beshmet. The ...
  • Maria Erdnieva, About Women's Dress 

    Terbish, Baasanjav; Churyumova, Elvira (2018-03-31)
    Maria talks about Kalmyk women's dresses. Darina: Did your mother wear a traditional dress? Maria: Yes, she did. In our family three elderly women wore traditional dresses, including my grandmother, her younger sister, and ...
  • Larisa Shoglyaeva, Kalmyk Dress 

    Terbish, Baasanjav (2018-03-31)
    Larisa recounts that when the Kalmyks returned to Kalmykia from Siberia, in Iki-Chonos where she lived many people wore traditional dresses. There were two kinds of dress, one for everyday use and the other to wear during ...

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