If you’re Central Asian, please like this post! And feel free to reply with your ethnicity (if you’re Central Asian).
Just curious to see how many of us are on Tumblr. :)

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helenrstevenson:

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan 

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#turkmenistan #ashgabat 

Turkmen jewellery at the Met

travellingthroughhistory:

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I’ve been researching the Turkmen people lately, for a novel I’m writing, and the other night my Google-searching led me to a short essay on the New York Met’s website about Turkmen jewellery.

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There’s a lot of really interesting information there; it’s well worth a read.  The bit I found most interesting was this:

From a very early age, a woman started wearing jewelry whose shapes and materials were believed to ensure her ability to bear healthy children later in life. The amount of embellishments a girl wore increased as she approached marriageable age. Once she had had her first children, and her fertility had been established, the amount of jewelry she received and wore decreased. In addition, silver jewelry believed to ward off evil and illness was worn by men, women, and especially by children.

I also love the pictures.  Next time I visit New York, I will definitely take a look for these.  Head out of your hotels and conference rooms in New York - beautiful pieces of jewellery await your eyes.

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#turkmen #jewellery #culture #turkmenistan 
leradr:

Kyrgyz man with Kalpak© Eric Lafforgue

leradr:


Kyrgyz man with Kalpak
© Eric Lafforgue

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#kyrgyz #kyrgyzstan #people #traditional clothes 
Uyghur men’s folk dance.
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wildboi-bluntweed:

Soviet art urging the women of Kazakhstan to fight!

wildboi-bluntweed:

Soviet art urging the women of Kazakhstan to fight!

(Source: jojoskillerquads, via fuckyeahkazakhstan)

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Koryo Saram - The Unreliable People 

paradelle:

In 1937, Stalin began a campaign of massive ethnic cleansing and forcibly deported everyone of Korean origin living in the coastal provinces of the Far East Russia near the border of North Korea to the unsettled steppe country of Central Asia 3700 miles away.  This story of 180,000 Koreans who became political pawns during the Great Terror is the central focus of this film.

Koryo Saram (the Soviet Korean phrase for Korean person) tells the harrowing saga of survival in the open steppe country and the sweep of Soviet history through the eyes of these deported Koreans, who were designated by Stalin as an “unreliable people” and enemies of the state. Through recently uncovered archival footage and new interviews, the film follows the deportees’ history of integrating into the Soviet system while working under punishing conditions in Kazakhstan, a country which became a concentration camp of exiled people from throughout the Soviet Union.

Today, in the context of Kazakhstan’s recent emergence as a rapidly modernizing, independent state, the story of the Kazakhstani-Koreans situated within this ethnically diverse country has resonance with the experience of many Americans and how they have assimilated to form new cultures in our world of increasingly displaced people.

Koryo Saram — The Unreliable People

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fishstickmonkey:

Syr Darya oblast. Ruins of the grave of the Kyrgyz saint, Khor Kut, near Fort No. 2 Illus. in: Turkestanskīi al’bom, chast’ arkheologicheskaia …, 1871-1872, part 1, vol. 1, pl. 1. (LOC)

fishstickmonkey:

Syr Darya oblast. Ruins of the grave of the Kyrgyz saint, Khor Kut, near Fort No. 2 
Illus. in: Turkestanskīi al’bom, chast’ arkheologicheskaia …, 1871-1872, part 1, vol. 1, pl. 1. (LOC)

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#Syr Darya Oblast #kyrgyz 

iamjapanese:

Erkin(Uzbek, b.1957)

Porcelain treasures    2014    

Porcelain money   2014   

Still Life with Chinese porcelain and moths    2014   

Smoking Pipes at Wan-Li-tile   2013  

Balance   2011   

Moved by Zurbaran  2012

Still Life with Chinese porcelain   2013

Malus apples   2013

Oil on panel

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endilletante:

Pamir, oubliés sur le toit du monde, de Mathieu et Mareile Paley, Edition de la Martiniere, 2O12.

endilletante:

Pamir, oubliés sur le toit du monde, de Mathieu et Mareile Paley, Edition de la Martiniere, 2O12.

(via raqsbikun)

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#Kyrgyz #Afghanistan #Wakhan corridor #people #culture