The Azerbaijani information portal Ethnoglobus published an article on the website detailing the history of the traditional headdress of the Uzbek people which is always different with individual creation style of his masters.
The article notes that the high artistic merit of skullcaps and ornamental embroidery of patterns prove a long way of development of the folk art variety. It is reported that the indirect evidence of the existence of such headgear in ancient times can be found in the sculpture, wall paintings, terracotta figurines and eastern miniature of XV-XVI centuries.
In this context, the source informs that the end of XIX – mid XX century has become the culmination of the development of the Uzbek-made “duppi” (skullcap) as a kind of national costume art when it begins to carry a primarily artistic and aesthetic function.
“Before the XX century form, color and ornamentation skullcaps were specific to each region which has developed its own style, there were some reasons, – continues portal. – This can be seen even today, because the Uzbek skullcaps are divided into several groups – Tashkent, Ferghana, Samarkand, Bukhara, Kashkadarya, Surkhandarya, Khorezm, Karakalpak, and several types – men, women, children and skullcaps for the representatives of the elderly”.
Along with this, the article gives details about the features of sewing duppi in the Ferghana Valley – Chust district of Namangan region. “Chust skullcap is differ with embroidery significantly from the top and sides of the patterns. Craftswomen from this place have been creating unique hats for a long time, making each stitch by hand under the songs and folklores”.
As Ethnoglobus notes, all this only proves that the skullcap can be traced not only to the sacred beliefs of the ancient people, but also a way of life, culture and traditions of modern Uzbekistan.