El Merosi

Dear ladies and gentlemen, we are glad to present you the Samarkand theater of historical costume "El Merosi". Today you will be offered a program in which you can get acquainted with the life, way of life, customs and traditions of the inhabitants of our region from ancient times to the present. The theater presents costumes of various historical periods. These costumes have become a chronicle of the life of our ancestors, who, with the language of color, form, ornament and drawing, will reveal to us the secret secrets and laws of the beauty of the national costume.

Here are some fragments of the historical past of Samarkand: 

1. The costume of Scythian horsemen and warriors of the first millennium BC, was created on the basis of the funds of the Hermitage, the Institute of Oriental Studies, the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan. For sewing fabrics of rough manufacture, a skin, skins of animals were used.

2. The costume of the Achaemenids dates from the 8th century BC, was created on the motives of stone and majolica bas-reliefs, palaces in Pars, Pasigardy (Persipolis), Babylon. The clothes of rich people and soldiers are presented. For the tailoring of the costume a brocade (gilded) was used, as close as possible to the originals.

3. Anahit's costume, 6th century BC, was created on the basis of the materials of the funds of the Samarkand Historical Museum (clay figures of the goddess Anahit), found at the site of Afrosiab (Samarkand). For sewing the finest fabrics of various colors are used. Headgear made of silver weaving.

4. Costume of Sogd, IV-VII centuries. was created from materials of archaeological expeditions on the sites of Afrosiab, Penjikent, Farakhshi, Balalyk-Tepa (wall murals). For sewing we used hand-made fabrics with painting (batik), costumes of notable townspeople of Samarkand, Penjikent.

5.Costumes of Timurides, XIV-XV centuries., Created on the motives of miniatures Shah-Nama, Bobur-Nama, Zafar-Nama. For sewing, velvet was used (analogue of ancient samples), brocade, embroidery.