We start our trip to Ismailly region where you will see the unique process of kelagai-making. Kelagai is traditional women’s silk headgear. There were age and social differences in its wearing: older women wore kalaghais of darker colours, mostly black and dark blue, whereas younger women opted for brighter ones, such as white, beige, bright blue, etc. A kalaghai was tied in various ways, depending on the region. The process of hot silk coloring, called “batik”, is very complicated and consists of several steps. You will enjoy the work of masters and also will be able to try yourself as a kelagai-maker.
Drive to Lahij. Lahij represents an original monument of the Persian town-planning and architectural art of an antiquity. It is a medieval city with paved streets and squares, developed system of water drain and water supply. This village is inhabited by hereditary tanners, engravers, potters, blacksmiths, and metal and wood carvers. During the excursion, you will see an ancient bridge connecting two villages, a stone water-pipe from the 16th century, and specimens of dwellings from the 19th century with murals; we will also visit the Museum of regional studies, where ancient carpets and brass articles are kept.
Right after arrival at Lahij you will enjoy meal at the local restaurant and taste the peculiarities of the Lahij cuisine. In the second half of the day you will have a walk around the village and enter various craft workshops where you will see the work of blacksmiths, chasers, potters and other masters of craftsmanship. Also you can buy any item you like or order to produce right here and now.