<> 1911 A merchant at the Samarkand market displays silk, cotton and wool fabrics as well as a few traditional carpets. A framed page of the Koran hangs at the top of the stall. Image: Prokudin-Gorskii / Library of Congress
Prokudin-Gorksii captures the traditional dress, jewelry and hairstyle of an Uzbek woman standing on a richly decorated carpet at the entrance to a yurt, a portable tent used for housing by the nomadic peoples of Central Asia.
This is why I have come here: to ride through the remote Tian-Shan (Celestial Mountains) mountain range along ancient routes and through wide high-altitude pastures, known as jailoos, where shepherds have been grazing livestock for centuries.