8 / 2004

Uzbekistan - All leather ladies' boot with overshoe

The boot shown here originates from a south-eastern Uzbek tribe. It appears to be a boot, but in fact consists of two parts fitting together. A leather boot stocking called "magshi" fits into an all leather overshoe called "galosh". Both are richly wool-thread embroidered in different colours. This combination of magshi and galosh is worn all over Central Asia and certainly in all countries of which the name ends in "stan". Only the boot-stockings are worn inside premises. The shoes are taken off or put on when entering or leaving, thus avoiding bringing street-dirt inside.

Research and text by : W.A.H.M. Habraken-Oosterhout-Holland
Illustration by : Colin Ball - Waalwijk - Holland