Turkmenistan Local Customs

  • Local Customs
    by JessieLang
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    Embroidery panels for dresses
    by JessieLang
  • Local Customs
    by JessieLang

Turkmenistan Local Customs

  • Nomads

    About 10% of the Turkmen people are still nomadic. Times are changing—our guide told us about seeing nomad families moving camp, with the camels carrying a TV and satellite dish, and someone talking on a mobile phone. Some families made the move easier by using old Soviet military trucks to transport their goods and their camels.(Note: the govt....

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  • Konye Urgench, fertility rite at Kyrk...

    We visited Konye Urgench in summer. It was about 40-50C, I suppose. I was not sure to climb Kyrk Molla. It's a sacred place where Konye Urgench inhabitants held their last stand against the Mongols. A group of Turkmen young women winked us to follow them uphill (picture 5). So we did.Kirk Molla is a place known for fertility rites. Especially young...

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  • Making of the traditional Chynar...

    In the oasis villages many of the traditional nomadic customs are preserved throughout the centuries. During our homestay in the village Kekirdek the lady of the house showed us the way she prepared the traditional Chynar-patterned felt. These felts are used in the yurt. I saw several felts at the ground of the yurt where I spent the night. Also...

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  • Yurt, the traditional tent

    At the settlements in the desert many people continue their half-nomadic lifestyle by setting up yurts in the frontyard of their houses, being used as a summer house. A yurt or in Turkmen Ak Oy, is a traditional Turkmen round tent, made of a wooden framework (picture 3&5) and covered with felts called Koshma (picture 1). The diametre of a common...

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  • The Turkmen woman are very...

    The Turkmen woman are very elegant. Be sure to go out to the discos in Ashgabad, you won't believe your eyes! This is a fashion show we saw in Ashgabad. The woman sponsering it designed all the clothes. We also got to see her display of three centuries of Turkmen fashions! WOW. BEWARE, it is illegal to say anything bad about the whacked out Turkmen...

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