9 / 2004

Kazakhstan - Ladies' boot-stocking "magshi"

Here we have another example of a "magshi" boot stocking, created by the Tatar tribe. The decorations are all separately cutout pieces of leather in nicely combining colours. These are hand-stitched together. Frequently used symbolic motifs are heart, ramhorns, bullhorns, sun and stars. The seams of the cutout parts are all re-enforced and covered by four-row multicolour silk-thread embroidery. Only the top of the leg-part has a cloth cuff lining. The line-carve decorated leather outer-sole is turn-stitched to the upper.

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