On the shore of one of the world’s deepest lakes, high up in Kyrgyzstan’s Tian Shan mountains, models strutted and sashayed in outfits mixing the particular ancient and modern at the World Nomads Fashion Festival.
The event, now in its third year, drew designers and fashion-industry figures from about 20 countries to shimmering Lake Issyk-Kul to admire outfits drawing on Kyrgyzstan’s millennia-old nomadic culture.
The stiletto heels worn by some models wouldn’t be suitable for a proper nomad, but some of their elaborate headdresses that seemed to mimic the horns of cattle were takes on traditional nomad costumes.
Swirling, voluminous skirts featured within many from the outfits, either elaborately patterned or in blocks of vivid colour.
Along with the couture, the show offered visitors the chance to see an array of yurts — the wood-framed tents associated with skin or felt characteristic of nomads — and brightly-coloured carpets.
There were participants through distant countries such as Indonesia, Morocco and France.
During a three-day program about 40 designers showcased their work.
“The World Nomad Fashion Festival is the first and only project in Central Asia plus some European countries that glorifies the civilisation of nomads, ” the event’s founder, Nazira Begim, said.
“It was created in 2019. This idea belongs to me. The project is one of my old dreams.
“When I organised it with regard to the first time, without knowing anyone personally, I invited designers from 17 countries and held it also on the shores of Issyk-Kul lake. ”
Ms Begim is keen to spotlight Kyrgyzstan’s fashion industry.