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Textiles and dress

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Andronovans employed felt, fur, leather and wool in the manufacture of their clothes. The spinning and weaving of the Andronovo culture are analogous to west European techniques that are especially well studied in Denmark and with east European textiles of the Bronze and Early Iron ages. The style of women's clothes in the Andronovo culture is reconstructed on the basis of the position of bronze and paste beads sewn on the sleeve cuffs, collar and hem. The complex of Andronovo clothes was perfectly adjusted to the nature and life of Eurasian shepherds and has analogies and prototypes among the steppe cultures. This complex of clothing, ecologically conditioned by nature and the cattle-raising way of life in the steppes of Central Asia would be climatically unreasonable for farming cultures of the Near East and has neither analogy nor source there.

Keywords: Andronovo clothes; Andronovo culture; central Asia; Denmark; Eurasian shepherds; steppe cultures



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