NATIONAL COSTUMES OF AZERBAIJAN
A national costume is perhaps the main distinguishing feature of each nation. It reflects ethnographic, historical and artistic features of the folk art. It is a source of pride, reflects the culture, and carries the trends of different periods. The Azerbaijani art has its effect on the decoration of folk costume with artistic embroideries in weaving and knitting. In the XVII century, Azerbaijan was the center of sericulture, and the fabrics were distinguished by their unique beauty and intricate patterns. Even the headscarves of Azerbaijani women (kalaghayi) were famous all over the world. By the way, the kalaghayi is listed into the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. Besides the luxurious scarves in the dress of the ancient Azerbaijani woman, every detail was important: from flounces on a skirt to a small embroidery on a cuff. On the other hand, men’s suits were also sewed individually considering all the subtleties of the social stratification as well as other traditions. When looking at the Azerbaijani national costume we can find in it many echoes of the past; it is connected with the history of the country, it clearly reflects the specifics of the nation.
Today, when fashion changes with the speed of the Internet, one wants to plunge into the magical time steeped in history and pride, to go several centuries back to try the role of a proud and untouchable Khatun (an ancient respectful addressing a woman) or to feel like a brave bey (nobleman) from an intelligent family in whose veins the blood of a genuine Turk runs. Although a time machine has not been invented yet, in the heart of Baku there is our personal corner of unity with the art and culture of the ancient and majestic country - Azerbaijan. This is the “Old Town”, an ancient fortress. Here, wandering through the centuries-old streets you can meet the real Baku people, feel the spirit of antiquity and even find antique shops whose owners will happily let you to try on one of the real national costumes of Azerbaijan telling stories about those images, and you can even buy them. Therefore when planning your travel route, by all means plan spending a whole day for a walk along the streets of the Old City and getting acquainted with the culture and history of Azerbaijan.