The Bridal Dowry


As a young woman and her family prepared for her wedding, they traditionally produced a dowry, which consisted of objects that would be useful to the woman in her new married life. They made utilitarian items such as bedcovers, wall hangings, tablecloths, mattresses and clothing, as well as textiles specific to the wedding ceremony—often incorporating patchwork.

One significant dowry article of the Kyrgyz, Kazakhs, Tajiks and Uzbeks was the wedding curtain, usually made by the mother of the bride. It hung first in the home of the bride and then transferred to the home of her husband, where it created an area of privacy for the young couple.

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