Kelaghayi: Yesterday - Today - Tomorrow

Kelaghayi: Yesterday - Today - Tomorrow


On the 21st of  December,  2018 an exhibition “Kelaghayi: Yesterday - Today - Tomorrow” will open in Baku, bringing together enthusiasts and fans of the kerchiefs on the initiative of the curator of the project “Milli Isimiz” Asli Samedova. Since 2015 on account of “Milli Isimiz” a number of events dedicated to the “dragon” carpets of Azerbaijan embroideries of the early ages 16-18 and creativity of Nizami Ganjavi.



This exhibition creates a unique opportunity for interactive immersion in the history of the transformation of kelagai from an element of national dress to a symbol of Soviet propaganda and, further, into a fashion accessory and a subject of national pride. "Kelagai: Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow" combined unique materials from Azerbaijani and foreign museums, private collections with innovations in the field of Museum practice. The emphasis is on educational and interactive components. Visitors will be able not only to look at rare exhibits, for the first time presented archival photographs from the museums of Georgia, but also to play games, learn about the different ways of tying kelagai in the video of Chinara Mejidova and even make your mini-kelagai, enrolling in a workshop!  


Ancient kelagai are represented by young collectors Ruslan Huseynov and Fuad Dzhabrailov (FR collection), the exhibits of whom are collected from the most remote corners of the country. The exhibition also presents old kelagai from the collection of designer Natavan Aliyeva. Technical and promotional support for the exhibition is provided by the administration of Icheri Sheher, the Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan, the National Bureau for Tourism development, ICOC (International Conference on Oriental Carpets) and Creative 141.


Museum of Basgal silk kerchief to the exhibition were brought kerchiefs and rare Galibi (stamps) XIX-XX centuries. Galibov collection is supplemented by materials from the National History Museum of Azerbaijan.

"Kelagai: Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow" is open to visitors from Friday, December 21. The exhibition will last until may 15, 2019. Opening hours are all days except Monday from 11: 00 to 20: 00. During the holidays the exhibition closes on December 31 and January 1. Tickets for the exhibition, in addition to the gallery Kichik Galart, can be purchased on the iTicket website and at the box office of the city. The program of events is updated on the page of social networks of the exhibition.

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