Autumn in Jeynov is a season of weddings. Islam encourages and blesses marriage and as there are many young people in qishlaq, each autumn day is marked by several weddings. Pilaw and shurpa are cooked in huge cauldrons for scores of guests invited to a traditional feast with music and dancing. The wedding ceremony combines traditional and modern features. Brides nowadays prefer to be dressed in a western style. After the ceremony, the groom's mother leads the newly married couple to their room. Following common tradition, the young couple look in the mirror held by the groom's mother. After that, the mirror is put into a special carpet "envelope" ("oina halta", literally meaning "mirror bag"). The "envelope" (usually having two sections) is hung on a wall and becomes a kind of "safe" for the woman of the house. Men are forbidden to open it.
1. Bride and Groom in front of a mirror
2. A Wedding - Guests arriving
1. Oina halta - mirror bag made of sheep wool. A typical Arabic border frames central medallions with an ancient tribal symbol, the "tawuk-gol", common to all tribes inhibiting the steppes of Central Asia. The technique and decoration of the bag (though not its form) are typical for Turkman-Ersari that migrated to the Kashka Daria region from the Middle Amu Daria in the 18th Century and mixed with Arabs who inhibited the region at that time. Attributed by Elena Tsareva.
2. Festive embroidered skullcap and bride's veil
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