During the manufacture of belts for
formal attire the customers did not stint on the expensive materials, and the
masters did not spare the time and used all their skills. The men’s belts with
pendants were especially beautiful, and also: with purse, steel, tinder and
sheath for knife. Sometimes the pendants had only a decorative purpose. The functional
and decorative pendants called “okshantay”. The belts made of leather were
decorated with the patterned embossment, the figural metal plate’s insets of
semiprecious stones and with the carved plates made from bones. Such
typesetting belts are the old items of clothing.Their Kazakh name is "kise".
They are similar to women's belts, however, they are wider and more elegant.
Women’s belts were made of silk. The belts made of silk with a decorative
viscous were called "kur beldik". The same name could be applied for
the belts made from camel wool and goat's wool. A velvet was used for women's
The belts of velvet and silk, embroidered with pearls and buckles were called "kamar belbeu." The stuffed belts “CUR” were produced as well. The women belts were decorated with the metal rectangles, triangles, the heart-shaped and the hornlike onlays, as well as with the inlays in the form of turquoise, agate, carnelian, etc. The jade was used for such onlays. The Kazakhs believed that the clothes decorated with jade, protects a person from lightning...
S. Zh. Asanova, Almaty, Fashion Academy "Symbat"
From the article: "A Study of History of folk costume."