Armenian traditional costumes with their stable characteristic features, going deep into the centuries, are a specific indication of the origins, development and historical fate of the Armenian people and reflect their cultural identity and certain peculiarities of national temperament.

Notwithstanding wars, migrations and foreign dominations in the course of millennia, the Armenian people managed to preserve the symbolic notions and ideas of centuries-old clothing forms, ornaments and colours in their traditional costumes. This is witnessed by their commonalities with the examples of medieval sculptural reliefs, miniatures and ceramics.

The Exhibition presents:

  • 18th-19th century national costume sets from different regions of historical Armenia, where the centuries-old traditions of Armenian material culture and everyday life were preserved: Bardzer Hayk (Higher Armenia), Pokr Hayk (Lesser Armenia), Vaspourakan, Turuberan, Syunik, Artsakh and elswhere
  • separate parts of national costumes: aprons, belts, socks, jackets, laced breast pieces, head pieces
  • adornments, specimens of embroidery.