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Anna Sangadzhi-Goryaeva, Products Made From Wool

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Terbish, Baasanjav 


Anna recounts her mother’s story that before the exile in 1943 the Kalmyks made felt covers and felt boots. In Siberian exile her mother had neither the time nor opportunity to sew, although she began sewing not long before when the Kalmyks were allowed to return to Kalmykia. In the spring when herders sheared their livestock, her mother washed and dried the wool. Anna helped her mother make socks, mittens, and head scarfs. From sheep wool they made mattresses and pillows. For girls preparing for their wedding she made beautiful duvets. Anna’s mother did all this by hand, since she did not have a sewing machine. Anna talks in some detail about how her mother made duvets.




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Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Documentation Project, University of Cambridge

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