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Traditional Kyrgyzstan costumes

A Circassian Prince or Nobleman completely armed.

Circassian Prince costume. Traditional Caucasian national costume. Russia folk dress.

A Circassian Prince or Nobleman completely armed.

A Circassian Prince or Nobleman completely armed.

Un Prince, ou Noble Tscherkesse, complétement armé.

IT is a practice among the Circassians to compress the waist, from early infancy, as much as possible, by means of the straps on which the sabre is suspended; hence they are, in general, uncommonly thin between the loins and the breast.

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A Circassian of distinction in his ordinary Dress.

Circassian folk dress. Traditional Russian Caucasus national costume

A Circassian of distinction in his ordinary Dress, and a Princess of that Nation.

A Circassian of distinction in his ordinary Dress, and a Princess of that Nation.

Un Tscherkesse distingué dans son Costume ordinaire, et la Fille d’un Prince Tscherkesse.

The Cireassians in general, and particularly the Kabardians, dwell in villages, which, partly on account of the increasing uncleanliness, partly from the insufficient security they afford, and other causes, are from time to time deserted. On such occasions they demolish their habitations, carry off the timber, together with their house-hold furniture, and burn what they cannot remove. Their attention is next directed to the choice of another convenient situation for erecting a new village. If they happen to settle at some distance from water, their ingenuity enables them to form a canal, which they conduct from the next rivulet, by means of small banks; a practice in which they are as expert as the Tartars of the Crimea. Their houses are built contiguous to each other, either in the form of circles or squares, so that the inner space serves as a common large cattle-yard, provided with only one gate. The residence of the Usden usually stands detached from these circles, and consists of several apartments. Small solitary houses, or rather square rooms, arc, here and there, built for the accommodation of visitors, with a chimney, a small divan, and every other convenience.

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Circassian on horseback in complete armor.

Circassian warrior in armor. Asian knight with weapons. Traditional Russian costume

Circassian on horseback in complete armor

Circassian on horseback in complete armor 18th century.

THE opposite engraving represents a Circassian on horseback, in his complete armour, a description of which has been given in the preceding Plate. The Circassian clergy and learned men let the beard grow to its utmost length; the former generally wear a deep red turban, and scarlet breeches, somewhat longer than those of the latter. Although the Circassians are ignorant, and only nominal Mahometans, yet the few priests among them are highly respected. The Princes and Knights pursue no other occupation than war, pillage, and the amusements of the chase; they live a lordly life, wander about, assemble in drinking parties, and undertake military excursions. The Usdens, or Knights, keep the lower classes of people in proper subordination, pay no duties to the Prince, but are obliged to render personal services in war.

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Costumes of Georgian, Circassian and Armenian Races.

Costumes of Georgian, Circassian and Armenian Races. Armenian National costumes. Georgian dress, Traditional Circassian clothing

Georgian, Circassian and Armenian Races

Costumes of Georgian, Circassian and Armenian Races.

Georgians: 1. Prince in war dress. 2. Georgian lady with indoor dress. 3. Georgian Man of Kahatia.
Circassians: 1. Militiaman of Anapa. 5.6. Circassian women of Ghelendjik
Armenians: 7.8. Armenian pilgrims to the Holy Land.

The Comprehensive Atlas and Geography of the World. “Races of the World”. Drawn by J. L. Williams. Engraved by A. Portier. Printed by Blackie & Son London, Glasgow & Edinburgh 1886