EVEN CLOTHES

Traditional Even clothing is very unique. The main material for its manufacture was fur and rovduga (suede made of reindeer or elk skins).Outerwear for men and women was swing caftans tied at the top with two or three leather straps, a bib worn under the caftan. Also, the set of clothes included gaiters, clothes over the pelvis, knee pads, high fur boots, a hat, mittens or gloves. According to their purpose, the clothes were divided into every day, filed and road clothes, festive and ritual. In terms of cut and composition, it was the same for both sexes; the differences were only in jewelry. Women's clothing in all cases had some kind of ornaments, and the festive costume was decorated with rich ornamentation of multi-colored stripes and beads.

Everything was decorated, from headwear to shoes. Peculiar ornaments reflect the national character of the traditional Even art. They embodied their worldview, their feelings and dreams in patterns and decorations, each of which had its own semantic meaning.

Leather gloves with beaded embroidery (Seimchan village, North-Even district in Magadan region)

The color of the ornament reflected the natural palette – earth,skysun and snow, which characterizes the close connection between human and nature. Thus, blue, white and black colors were predominant in beaded embroidery. Blue meant the sky, was a sign of the flourishing of life, white was the color of snow, associated with the environment and is a symbol of life, happiness, all light and good, and black was the color of the earth, personified Mother Earth.

The Evens' clothing is distinguished by simplicity of motives, but at the same time emphasizes the amazing richness of decorative and applied folk art.

Dr. E.K. Alekseeva