Woman everyday dress. Avars. Dagestan. 1880 - 1890ss

Woman everyday dress. Avars. Dagestan. 1880 - 1890ss

The set of the everyday woman costume was consisted of tunic like dress, long shirt and headdress. This shirt was made of straight pieces of blue fabric with round cut and straight sleeves with cuffs. The main element of the headdress was a "chukhta" - a small pouch for plait which fastened to cap. Avar female headdresses had a lot of variations. By the type of a headdress it was easily to find out from which society was a woman. However, all the types of the headdresses had similar construction details: a cap and a small pouch for plait. A kerchief usually wore over the cap. The Avars poor people had only one change of clothes. 

This dress form the collection of the Grand Duke Mikhail Nikolayevich was not of a great value but it is a reflection of the everyday culture. And it showed the great interest of the collector to the traditional culture of the everyday life.