Chitek – the Tatar national footwear. Its history totals more than thousand years. The first mentions of her can be met in ancient annals. In Ancient Moscow people of a high rank liked to carry them.
Still a great popularity among Tatar Chitek have got in a classical XIX-th century. In "the Tatar boot sewed by silver" the old prince Bolkonsky is put in L.N.Tolstogo's "War and peace". Also Tatar chitek it is possible to meet in many opera statements, such as "Prince Igor", "Sadko", "the Imperial bride".
The author "Three musketeers" Alexander Duma in one of the compositions describes the young lady "in embroidered muslin a peignoir, pink silk stockings and the Kazan house shoes".
In a collection of the German museum of a skin there is the patten man's boot got at the Industrial exhibition in Vienna in 1846. And in 1883 morocco Chitek and boots of firm of M.Galeyev have been awarded the Big gold medal of the European society of sciences in Paris and in 1889 - a silver medal and an honourable response of the World Parisian industrial exhibition.
In 1920th years Kazan Сhitek are delivered to Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, England, America - there during that time there was a fashion on exotic and national ornaments of manual manufacture...
Forgotten by Europeans to the middle of 20 centuries boots with a high top became a hit of a collection of footwear in the Russian style, created in the mid-seventies the French couturier Ivom Sen-Loranom. In Russian boots features of a design Tatar chitek have been well beaten: figured the union (a stripe on a sock and boot lifting), a back and a decorative strip of top of a top of a contrast colour, and in decorative lines it is possible to see imitation "the Tatar" seam...
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