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A Kyrgyz in traditional dress on Horseback.

A Kyrgyz in traditional dress on Horseback. Traditional Kyrgyzstan national costume

A Kirghis on Horseback.

A Kyrgyz in traditional dress on Horseback.

Une Kirguis à Cheval.

THE Kyrgyz call themselves Sara-Kaisaki, or Kosacs of the desert. If we may trust their traditions, they originally came, in small numbers, from the Crimea, and were soon after much increased by numerous emigrations from different hordes. If this account were true, we should consider them as descended from the Nogais Tartars: but Abulgasi, who calls them Kyrgyz, traces them from the banks of the Ikran, in the neighbourhood of the great wall of China. As this people were not known till after the conquest of Siberia by the Russians, we can have no certain account of their ancient history. Continue reading

A Female Kyrgyz folk dress.

A Female Kyrgyz folk dress. Traditional Russian national costume

A Female Kirghis.

A Female Kyrgyz folk dress.

Une Kirguise.

THE head-dress of the Kyrgyz females of distinction consists of a large piece of thin stuff, folded in the form of a turban: their robes are of silk, painted linen, and fine cloth, but more frequently of velvet; they are trimmed with gold lace and with the richest furs. The women of the lower order constantly cover their heads with a veil; but on holidays they wear bonnets trimmed with tassels, and beads of coral. The single women leave the head uncovered, and plait the hair into a variety of braids. Continue reading