The Bashkirs are a Turkic people; they are the Republic’s native people, and about 1.2 million Bashkirs live there. In the villages and small towns, they still keep cattle and horses, and engage in traditional crafts such as carpet weaving and making shawls. Women’s jewellery, made with coral, beads and coins, has been popular since ancient times.
The Republic of Bashkortostan is located in the Southern Urals and the Cis-Ural region. It is a land of thick forests and endless steppes, steep hills and deep lakes, where people harvest honey and drink kumis — mare’s milk. Some 160 ethnic groups live in the Republic: that’s why they say that the shape of Bashkiria looks like the palm of a hand — open to all its peoples in handshake.
PHOTOS: ZAUR KARAMYZOV