The Karakalpak Yurt Door

The Karakalpak Yurt Door
The Karakalpak Yurt Door
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A beautifully decorated yurt door from Moynaq. This yurt won the annual town competition for the best yurt of 2004.

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The external decoration of the Karakalpak yurt is designed around the entrance door, creating a welcoming atmosphere to both owner and guests alike.

The doorway of the yurt is made up of various parts which can be easily dismantled, typical of all Turkic yurts. The entire doorway is known as the Lectures & Articles ergenek and this name is also used specifically for the pair of hinged wooden doors which fold inwards. The upright struts, or door jambs, are known as the tulg'a. The threshold is the bosag'a and the lintel is the man'laysha (from man'lay, forehead). The Karakalpaks The doors of Karakalpak yurts were often plain and undecorated. Carving and in particular painting of the doors in bright colours became more popular (1 of 5)01/03/2014 13:57:22

The Karakalpak Yurt Door Costume Yurts History Karakalpakstan Tour Guide in the 1940s and 1950s. Glossary External Links About Us Contact Us An early 20th century Karakalpak esik with a duwash•q amulet and a lower suwag'ar. It is rectangular in shape and is slightly larger than the ergenek and tulg'a so that when it is rolled down all of the gaps are covered. Salix oxica is in fact aq tal. http://www.karakalpak. In the 1920s and 1930s this had been considered to be a ‘Qazaq taste’. as both pine and birch (qay•n') are generally considered by Karakalpaks to bring misfortune and sterility. It also seems strange that he refers to the use of pine. In addition to the inner pair of wooden doors the yurt also has an outer rollup door called an esik. According to our research sog'•t was indeed used for door panels but its botanical name is Salix alba. It is made of a reed screen sewn onto a base of felt or other thick material. or pine (qarag'ay) for the door panels. This is fastened to the uw•qs (poles linking the kerege and the roof-wheel thereby forming the roof of the yurt) above the man'laysha with the aid of three ropes which are sewn to its upper (2 of 5)01/03/2014 13:57:22 . known locally as sog'•t). According to Savitsky some craftsmen preferred to use Amu Darya willow (Salix oxica.

html (3 of 5)01/03/2014 13:57:22 . This is made from material in the form of a triangle with the point facing downwards. The duwash•q on an esik or outer door of a yurt in one of the northern suburbs of No'kis. The shape of this triangle calls to mind the tumar amulet and it is connected with preIslamic beliefs. These are known as shiyqay•w. It generally has tassels at each of the corners.The Karakalpak Yurt Door Item 8762-23901 from the collection of the Russian Ethnography Museum. designed to prevent the ingress of water. Another horizontal strip is sewn onto the bottom of the esik overlapping the shiyqay•w. Esiks are ornamented in a traditional way with vertical strips in appliqué or combination technique sewn onto the sides.karakalpak. In the centre of the esik is sewn the duwash•q. This is known as the suwag' Similar protective triangles can be seen on the back of men’s http://www.

html (4 of 5)01/03/2014 13:57:22 .karakalpak. Please note that the dotless letter 'i' (•) is pronounced 'uh'.The Karakalpak Yurt Door post•n In the past pieces of paper with verses from the Qu'ran were sometimes put into a pocket in the duwash•q. Pronunciation of Karakalpak Terms To listen to a Karakalpak pronounce any of the following words just click on the one you wish to hear. and on children’s clothing. thereby fulfilling a similar role to the ha'ykel worn by girls and women. G aq tal bosag'a duwash•q ergenek esik kerege man'laysha qarag'ay qay•n' shiyqay•w sog'•t suwag'ar G G G G G G G G G G G http://www.

http://www. which uses the correct transliteration. Unless stated otherwise. Karakalpak.karakalpak. all of the material on this website is the copyright of David and Sue Richardson.html (5 of 5)01/03/2014 13:57:22 .2014. Return to top of page Next Page: Inside the Yurt Home Page This site was last updated on 8 February 2012. © David and Sue Richardson 2005 .com/yurtdoor.qaraqalpaq. rather than the Russian Qaraqalpaq.The Karakalpak Yurt Door G tulg'a uw•q G Visit our sister site www.

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