Paul Labbe and His Unique Family Portraits of the Kazakh Steppe

Since at least the time of Marco Polo, the Kazakh steppes have attracted many visitors from the West: travelers, diplomats, traders, and researchers. Their notes, books, and memoirs provide invaluable insight into the various epochs of Kazakh culture and history.…

Amanat: Women’s Writing from Kazakhstan

This July, Gaudy Boy will publish an English-language anthology of Kazakhstani women’s writing entitled Amanat. The anthology brings together short stories and essays by 13 women from three generations (ranging in age from 30 to 75) and hailing from all parts…

Kazakh Graphic Illustrations of Evgeny Sidorkin

Evgeny Matveevich Sidorkin (1930-1982) is a Soviet graphic illustrator and artist who was recognized by several prestigious awards for his art. He mainly worked in Kazakhstan and created powerful images of Kazakh folklore and people through a variety of techniques,…

Deciphering the Saukele: The Traditional Headdress of Kazakh Brides

English transcript of the video presentation below Today I am going to talk about one particular type of traditional Kazakh clothing: the headdress of a bride, called a saukele. Voronina-Utkina A.A. Watercolor. Saukele – women’s wedding headdress. Kazakhs. Kazakhstan, Karaganda…

Petroglyphs of Kazakhstan

  Author   Alan Georgievich Medoev (1934-1980) Alan Medoev was born in Leningrad in 1934. In the 1960-1980s he guided archaeological teams and expeditions in the field; he discovered and explored the significant Paleolithic monuments of the world: Semizbugu, Turanga,…

Early Soviet Modernization in the Lives of Kazakh Women

In her book entitled Modernization of the Early Soviet Era in the Fate of Women of Kazakhstan, 1920–1930: Monograph (Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, 2017), Janat Kundakbayeva, Doctor of Historical Sciences and Professor of the Department of History of Kazakhstan at…