Elmira Khairullaeva-Molla, resident of Simferopol learned her craft from her daughter Zarema Molla. For 18 years she has been studying the history of the Crimean Tatar national costume and historical costumes of Ukrainian, Russian, and other peoples from historical data, paintings by Karlo Bossoli, Vilhelm Kizivetter, and other artists and historians of the Crimea. Zarema specializes in the making of pottery figures and her art works have been exhibited in many museums of Ukraine and other countries.
Zarema’s mother, Elmira-khanum found her unique theme. For two years she has collected information and assembled a comprehensive collection of historical national costumes of the Crimean Tatars. Miniature dolls, whose clothing is fully consistent with the folk tradition of Crimean Tatar costume in its historical development from the 16th until the 19th century.
Elmira Khairullaeva-Molla often presents her collection at exhibitions and festivals. Among the figures of young men and women in national costumes of different epochs the master puts small hearts with “men sevem seni!” written on them, which means “I love you!” in Crimean Tatar. “I think that this collection of folk costumes fully represents love of Crimean Tatars,” said Elmira-khanum. “And the Tatar phrase ‘men sevem seni!’ was often used as a greeting, expressed wishes of health, happiness, and joy, it also meant people’s support and their understanding…”
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