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History of West Turkistan and Its Influence on the Dress of South Central Asia

Willem Vogelsang

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Central and Southwest Asia 2010

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West Turkistan is the name traditionally given to the lands that stretch east of the Caspian Sea and north of modern Iran and Afghanistan. To the east, it is bordered by the rising peaks of the Altai and Karakoram mountains, which mark the modern frontier with China. To the north lies the wide expanse of Kazakhstan. West Turkistan is a harsh and arid region that until the early twentieth century was largely inhabited by nomads. Villages and urban centers developed at specific places where water w

Dress from Kyrgyzstan

Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Central and Southwest Asia 2010

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The Kyrgyz Republic, or Kyrgyzstan as it is more commonly known, is a country in Central Asia. The name Kyrgyz is said to mean either “forty girls” or “forty tribes” and is a name that probably refers to the epic hero Manas, who unified forty tribes against the Mongols in the medieval period. Kyrgyzstan is a landlocked and mountainous country which has borders with Kazakhstan to the north, Uzbekistan to the west, Tajikistan to the southwest, and China to the east. Since many ethnic groups in the

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