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15 authentic kazakh items which we still use


15 authentic kazakh items which we still use

Wooden tableware

Wooden tableware has national ornaments. Today beshbarmak astau (wooden plate for a national meal) is getting its popularity.


Zhuzik is a ring. Both women and men used to wear it, now worn only by women.


Kamshy is a whip made of ropes and belts on the handle. Currently it is used as an interior element, souvenir or a gift.


Masi is unisex boots with a soft shoe sole. They are often worn by old men and women now.


Sandyk is trunk, where old women usually store cloth, clothes and other expensive stuff.


Uki is an owl feather used for dombra or a car salon decoration. The Kazakh owl is considered to be sacred.


Altybakan is a swing designed of six poles. It can often be seen in the city during Nauryz celebration in March.


Zher ustel is a Kazakh round table with short legs.


Chapan is a national male garment, similar to a gown. Nowadays it’s usually given at tois, kudalyk (matchmaking party) and anniversaries. Moreover, many local designers create their own chapan interpretations, which are becoming popular among city residents.


Bilezik is a bracelet, piece of jewelry made of metal or bone.


Saukele is a female headdress put on while getting married.

Kurak korpe

Kurak korpe is a patchwork quilt. It is included in a girl’s dowry and is laid on the floor, so that guests could seat around a Kazakh table “zher ustel”.


Tumar is an amulet having an adage from the Koran hid into a piece of leather.


Takiya is a skullcap, Turkic male or female headdress. Nowadays it is usually worn by old men.


Besik is a Kazakh swinging crib.