Ikhbal (15 years old, on left) has been crying off and on for two days, with mother on right. Recently married, she is both sad to leave her family nest and anxious about her future at her husband's camp. Her mother also cries the pain of soon "losing" her daughter to the husband's family...The veil celebration: before moving to her new husband's camp, Ikhbal, a recently married Kyrgyz girl, will exchange the red veil of the unmarried girl for the white veil signifying that she is...
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Ikhbal (15 years old, on left) has been crying off and on for two days, with mother on right. Recently married, she is both sad to leave her family nest and anxious about her future at her husband's camp. Her mother also cries the pain of soon "losing" her daughter to the husband's family...The veil celebration: before moving to her new husband's camp, Ikhbal, a recently married Kyrgyz girl, will exchange the red veil of the unmarried girl for the white veil signifying that she is now a married woman...The Kyrgyz settlement of Ech Keli, above Chaqmaqtin lake, Er Ali Boi's camp...Trekking through the high altitude plateau of the Little Pamir mountains, where the Afghan Kyrgyz community live all year, on the borders of China, Tajikistan and Pakistan.


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