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1 Production of Traditional Highlanders Felt Cloaks in Dagestan, Russia

Production of Traditional Highlanders Felt Cloaks in Dagestan, Russia

Posted on July 10, 2016 by marina


Two mountains of sheep’s wool loomed behind a craftswoman like wings. With her strong, work-worn hands, she strung long strands to comb them and burst into thin fibers. Her helpers, like the legendary Amazons, stretched wooden bows. There is no doubt, the dark silhouette on the floor was a not yet made felt cloak.

In the village named Rahata there is the only factory making felt cloaks in Russia, which was opened in 1925.

In August 1999, at the beginning of the second Chechen war, the factory was bombed. Even the unique museum of felt cloaks was destroyed. Three distant regions helped with repairs. But now they have to survive the market conditions by themselves, without any help from outside.

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One Response to “Production of Traditional Highlanders Felt Cloaks in Dagestan, Russia”

  1. john dudley says:

    A very interesting posting, hard working women.

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