One characteristic attribute of an elderly woman in Jeynov is the aravak or arabek - a silver ring, which is pierced though the nasal columella. The name of the ring reveals its origin. Local women think that it is the arabek that distinguishes them from the other peoples of Central Asia. The form of the ring reproduces the form of a bow. The largest green or blue bead is called latwa tash ("the guarding stone") and gives the traditional meaning of the ring - a guarding amulet. Such rings can also be used for fixing the face veil in place. Jeynov women sometimes connect this ring and a temple pendant with a chain. Such a decorative style may be used as a symbolic replacement of the face veil, which never became widespread in Bedouin communities. The Arabic tradition of wearing the nose ring soon spread to other regions of Central Asia.
1. A Girl in Traditional Dress
2. An Elderly Woman with Nose Ring arabek
1. A Part of the Traditional Head-Dress (gizzi) of an Unmarried Maid
2. Nose Rings arabek from Jeynov
3. Nose Rings from Bukhara. In the 20th Century, the tradition of wearing nose rings became obsolete in Central Asia, with the exception of the Arabic regions. Nose rings were altered into earrings. Bukhara rings are characterized by the presence of bead and spiral decoration not only on the lower segment but on the upper parts as well.
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