Yurt is one of the best inventions of nomads that
survived through the centuries without major changes. This sipmle moveble construction
all made of natural materials is able to provide comfort to the owner and hospitality
The main structure is made of wood with a use of leather
strips for connecting parts instead of nails. Cage-looking walls are foldable
to make transportation much easier. From outside walls are surrounded by reedscreens-alike
mats. Next layer is felt which keeps the house worm and protects from rains
Inside the yurt you can find decorated felt carpets
with various patterns and many blankets and mattresses. The number of mattresses
means the level of hospitality of the house. As you enter a yurt right part
belongs to women while left is for men. On the womens side you can usually find
kitchen things, food and babies. Mens side is usually decorated by animal skins,
wearpon and hoseware. Boys are raised on women's part until they turn 10 years
old when they join men.
Kazakh yurts are usually look more flat then kyrgyz
because of the heavy steppe winds ruling in most of Kazakhstan while
in Kyrgyzstan yurts are taller to stand heavy rains and
snowfalls in Kyrgyzstan's mountanous region.
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