Living very close to one another, speaking similar languages, and both of Turkic stock, Kazakh fashion and Uzbek fashion share interesting similarities. However, just as there are between these two nations, there are some striking differences in the fashion of these two peoples. Read on for examples.
In Kazakh fashion, it is common for large red flowers to be incorporated into clothing beneath the armpits.
The Uzbeks, on the other hand, are much more likely to affix small red flowers to their faces.
In Kazakh fashion, it is not uncommon to find outfits made entirely of animal pelts.
Uzbeks, meanwhile, are known to fashion dresses out of… I don’t know. Shredded magazines and party ribbons?
Whereas Kazakh fashion is sometimes meant to represent the sea’s bounty,
Uzbek fashion often simply incorporates the no longer useful nets of the Moynaq fleet.
Really though, this is all just another reminder that as remote and exotic as Central Asia is (imagined to be, perhaps?), it’s not too far away in certain ways.
Uzbekistan photos from vseuznyi blog, where there are plenty more available.