Kazakhstan is home to many colorful and exquisitely designed national costumes. Traditional costumes come in bright red, blue, black, yellow and green with gold and shiny ornaments. Traditional costume for men is an ornamented gown called “chapan” with a soft skullcap, a tall felt cap or fox-fur hat with earflaps, while the women wear white cotton or colored silk dress, an embroidered velvet waistcoat, cap and a silk scarf. The locals still wear them today during national events, specifically the Nauryz Holiday on March 22. Fortunately, tourist can still get to see Kazakhs wearing these elaborately designed costumes and quite fortunately also they are not normally worn today. They are too hot, ornate and difficult to pull off. These days, neither culture nor tradition dictates what to wear in Kazakhstan, but the local weather and common sense.
The cue to know what to wear while touring this huge Central Asian country is to be smart. When coming for business, wear smart business attire as would your local Kazakh business partner. The average Kazakh businessman will wear a trouser or skit with matching jacket and a few accessories. Locals don’t normally wear sporty or casual outerwear jacket. And when coming for pleasure, wear light casual clothes. But most importantly, wear what is appropriate in the given weather and region. [Read more…]