Dress of a noble woman. Kabardians. 1880s

Dress of a noble woman. Kabardians. 1880s

This costume consists of many separate details. Under the brocade dress woman used to put on a shirt made of red silk or cotton fabric. Trousers used to wear under a shirt. From 13 years, girls wore short soft leather corset with the big silver fastens in the front. These fastens were usually seen in the cuts of the upper dress. This upper dress was made of silk or velvet and was richly decorated with galloons and golden embroidery. Sometimes on special occasions sleeves were also decorated with long blade like pendants.    
Young unmarried women and without children used to wear so called "golden hat" covered with kerchief or shawl. Shoes on a high platform for this costume were made of wood according to the shape of the foot usually decorated with velvet and silver pendants.

Such type of a dress was a marker of the social status of a woman in Kabardian society and usually was worn on festival occasions