Day of National Clothes maybe established
By Laman Ismayilova
Day of National Clothing maybe announced in Azerbaijan, as the issue was reflected in a letter of the Culture and Tourism Ministry addressed to Gulnara Khalilova, the head of the Center of National Costumes, Trend Life reported.
Earlier, Gulnara Khalilova has sent a letter to the Ministry offering to establish the Day of National Clothing with a view to preserve national customs and traditions, as well as ensure propaganda of ethnic creativity.
The Culture and Tourism Ministry considers appropriate the announcement of the Day given the importance of promoting the national dress, which is part of Azerbaijan's intangible cultural heritage, and popularization of this sector, the letter reads.
“The government of Azerbaijan pays special attention to the development of culture and art, preservation and promotion of national heritage and realizes successful projects, various festivals, contests, parties and events in this regard. The announcement of the Day of National Clothing, which can be one of the holiday days during Novruz, in particular Last Tuesday of Novruz or birthday of one of the outstanding women in the history of Azerbaijan, will become a bright event in the life of our country", said Gulnara Khalilova.
She further continued that the national clothing is an integral part of spiritual, cultural and historical heritage. “It is necessary to preserve these traditions and at the same time encourage designers, who bring own characteristics, i.e. styling, that allow to reveal the deeper beauty of Azerbaijani national clothes. Such kind of clothes can be worn not only during the holidays but also in everyday life,” she added.
Khalilova says that the Day may also significantly contribute to the development of the tourism industry in the country.
"In many countries, various festivals and carnivals on the Day of National Clothing attract many tourists. Realization of this idea will be another opportunity to show off our beautiful country to the world. On this day one can take part in various competitions, festivals, exhibitions and fashion parties, a carnival procession can be organized. Gorgeous holiday will long remain in the memory of the people, and, no doubt, will be a wonderful promotion of our heritage, culture and art, "she added.
National costumes of Azerbaijanis are unique for their pretty look. Some twelve stages can be identified in the formation of national costume. Each stage saw further development and improvement, corresponding to changing tastes and living conditions.
The women dresses have elegant silhouettes and are cut to emphasizing flexible waist of Azerbaijani beauties. They are decorated with intricate embroidery and beautiful golden band.
Azerbaijani men's clothing is also very distinct. They emphasize the masculinity without restricting a man’s rapid movements.
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