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Kazakh clothing. Traditional Kazakh male clothing.

Kazakh clothing

The garb of Kazakh hunters. A Kazakh man chases a woman wearing traditional garb. Fur coats are worn in the cold of winter. Kazakh clothing is a style of clothing worn by Kazakh people, often made of material suited to the region's hot summers and cold winters.[1] Such garments may reflect social standing; contemporary Kazakhs commonly wear modern western clothing, but many still wear traditional clothing for holidays and on special occasions.[2] Materials and production methods[edit] Cloth, skin, felt, and fur are all traditional materials used for Kazakh clothing. For those able to afford the expense, imported materials such as silk, brocade and velvet are sewn into clothes.

Hides are used for coat-making in a process that includes skinning, drying, and greasing with sour milk mixed with flour. Kazakhs use white wool, and consider wool from the neck of the sheep and camel to be particularly valuable. Women's clothes[edit] Culture of Kazakhstan. Kazakh food preparation began to develop in the 13th century.

Culture of Kazakhstan

This 19th-century Star Kazak carpet sold for US$188,000 in 1999. The culture of Kazakhstan has a well-articulated culture based on their nomadic pastoral economy. Islam was introduced to Kazakhstan in the 7th to 12th centuries. Besides lamb, many other traditional foods retain symbolic value in Kazakh culture. Kazakh culture is largely influenced by Turkic nomadic lifestyle. Because animal husbandry was central to the Kazaks' traditional lifestyle, most of their nomadic practices and customs relate in some way to livestock. The traditional Kazakh dwelling is the yurt, a tent consisting of a flexible framework of willow wood covered with varying thicknesses of felt. Modern Influences[edit] Today's Kazakhstan is a modern culture, thriving in the post-Soviet era. Culture of Kazakhstan. Music of Kazakhstan. The modern state of Kazakhstan is home to the Kazakh State Kurmangazy Orchestra of Folk Instruments, the Kazakh State Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kazakh National Opera and the Kazakh State Chamber Orchestra.

Music of Kazakhstan

The folk instrument orchestra was named after Kurmangazy Sagyrbayuly, a famous composer and dombra player from the 19th century. Traditional music[edit] Kurmangazy Sagyrbay-uly's statue in Almaty When referring to traditional Kazakh music, authentic folklore must be separated from "folklorism". The latter denotes music executed by academically trained performers who aim at preserving the traditional music for coming generations. Instrumental music, with the pieces ("Küy") being performed by soloists. Russian and Soviet-era music[edit] Kazakh cuisine. A platter of horse meat served traditionally as an appetizer Preparation of meal in Kazakhstan Kazakh cuisine is the cuisine of Kazakhstan and traditionally is focused on mutton and horse meat, as well as various milk products.

Kazakh cuisine

For hundreds of years, Kazakhs were herders who raised fat-tailed sheep, Bactrian camels, and horses, relying on these animals for transportation, clothing, and food.[1] The cooking techniques and major ingredients have been strongly influenced by the nation's nomadic way of life. For example, most cooking techniques are aimed at long-term preservation of food. There is large practice of salting and drying meat so that it will last, and there is a preference for sour milk, as it is easier to save in a nomadic lifestyle.[2] Meat in various forms has always been the primary ingredient of Kazakh cuisine, and traditional Kazakh cooking is based on boiling. Various international cuisines are available in Kazakh cities. Kazakh wedding ceremony. A Kazakh wedding ceremony in a mosque A wedding party in Independent Square, Almaty The religious part of the Kazakh wedding ceremony is called Neke Qiyu (Kazakh: Неке Қию).

Kazakh wedding ceremony

The wedding process may take many weeks and even months to complete. This is because a Kazakh marriage, like marriages in most Muslim societies, involves a contract between families which requires negotiation. The Neke Qiyu is a small portion of the whole, and usually takes about a half an hour to complete. The Neke Qiyu usually takes place on the evening of the day the bride is revealed to her groom's family. After several hours a feasting, a mullah arrives.

The brief ceremony at the registration office is called a AHAZH (Kazakh: Азаматтық Халық Актілерін Жазу (АХАЖ), Russian: ЗАГС). Sport in Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan consistently performs in Olympic competitions.

Sport in Kazakhstan

It is especially successful in boxing. This has brought some attention to the Central Asian nation, and increased world awareness of its athletes. Kazakhstan's city of Almaty submitted twice bid for the Winter Olympics: In 2014 and again for the 2022 Winter Olympics. Astana and Almaty hosted 2011 Asian Winter Games. Athletics[edit] Dmitriy Karpov is a distinguished decathlete, taking bronze in both the 2004 Summer Olympics, and the 2003 and 2007 World Athletics Championships.

Bandy[edit] Team captain Rauan Isaliyev Boxing[edit] Kazakh boxers are generally well known in the world. In boxing, Kazakhstan performed well in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. It should also be noted that Oleg Maskaev, born in Zhambyl, representing Russia, was the WBC Heavyweight Champion after knocking out Hasim Rahman on 12 August 2006. Cross-country skiing[edit] Cycling[edit]

Sports in Kazakhstan.