This article addresses rituals, omens and interdicts, and different kinds of magical action, all linked with the preparation and use by Tajiks of clothes for children.  The author in particular describes the style and signification of the “dog’s vest”—the child’s first sewed vest, worn during the first forty days of life.  The article also deals with headgears and jewellery for children, as well as with the rituals of the first haircut, and of change of clothes at the nubility of girls and boys.

Sergei Abashin, Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Moscow
CER: I-7.4.E-655