Traditional art and symbolism of Kelaghayi, making and…Azerbaijan
Representative List 2014
EN: A valuable gift of the nature is used over the centuries for the kelaghayi making
EN: The traditional loom, used in kelaghayi making is exhibited in the Basgal silk museum
EN: The first stage of the kelaghayi making process is scouring of a silk fibers in order to make them more flexible and delicate
EN: Kelaghayi are decorated with various patterns using the stamp called "galib". There are two types of such stamps: wooden and metallic, producing thin and thick patterns.
EN: Symbols and patterns used in kelaghayi art have their own names and represent various signs and geometric forms. They reflect the world-view and the values of the local people.
EN: There are various colors and shades of kelaghayi that are usually colored with natural substances and thus do not fade during a long time.
EN: The colors of kelaghayi have symbolic meaning. They may have various colors depending on the circumstances (wedding, mourning, daily activities, celebrations) and the social position of the owner.
EN: After the dying kelaghayis are dried in the open air.
EN: Kelaghayi is widely used by Azerbaijani women of all ages
EN: A unique silk museum was established in Basgal settlement. Here the visitors may familiarize themselves with the history and traditions of this art, see all stages of manufacturing and decoration of kelaghayi and also participate in this process