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  Telpeks for sale in Khiva
by TheWanderingCamel

The huge sheepskin hats that are seen for sale in Uzbekistan are telpek , the traditional head gear of the Turkmen of western Central Asia. Looking at them, you can't help but wonder how they could wear such a hat year-round - in the depth of winter, yes - but on a baking summer's day ? In fact, it's claimed that these hats create their own micro-climate for the head, warm in winter and cool in summer. They also say they're light to wear and that they improve the posture and encourage a slow and graceful demeanor. They also indicate status and demonstrate the wearer's pride in himself.

Young men wear white telpeks while older men wear black or dark brown telpeks.

Website: http://www.turkmenistaninfo.ru/?page_id=6&type=article&elem_id=page_6/magazine_33/264&lang_id=en

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  • Updated Jan 23, 2010
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