Pamir mountains (Tajikistan & Kyrgyzstan) August 29 2013

How these Pamiri people love their colours! Its everywhere, in their colourful headscarfs, teapots, mattrasses and all over the traditional yurt tent. Pamiris are a proud and traditional ethnic group in the mountains of Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan with their own languages, culture and religious tradition. The pamiri men can be recognised by their high black and white hat made from felt. The woman wear colourful outfits with a square scarf around their head mostly with a bright coloured flower pattern.

The Pamiri smûks are made from the same fabric the woman use to make their headscarfs. Luckily the fabric is very light and therefore less trouble bringing it on my bike along the Pamir highway.