Museum Boots

Tatar boots that dates centuries back can be found in the collections of many prominent museums. There, the boots are labeled as originated from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Crimea, Russia, Indonesia, Ukraine, Georgia, Asia, Europe. Although those labels specify the area the boots came from, they do not always accuretly credit the authorship of the unique craftsmanship and technique of the exquisite leatherwork: The boots were created using leather mosaic technique developed and mastered by Volga (Kazan) Tatars. The craftsmanship of Tatar boots was prominent and in demand in 18-early 20th centuries: The trade of Tatar boots was profitable, thus the production of those spread from Kazan-surrounding areas to Central Asia, Siberia, Eastern Europe. Currently, the authentic Tatar boots are produced only in small batches in Kazan suburbs by private individuals and state-owned company “Sahtian”.

Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

The British Museum

London, United Kingdom

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Pennsylvania, Philadeplhia, USA

Tatar Hair Jewelry (1818)

State National Museum in Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia.


Saint Petersburg, Russia

Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, USA

Museum of International Folk Art
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Saint Petersburg, Russia

Victoria and Albert Museum

London, United Kingdom

The biggest collection of Tatar boots are located at “Shoes or No Shoes” Museum in Belgium.

Labeled as originated in Kazakhstan made by Tatar tribe, late 19th century
Labeled as originated in Russia, Tatarstan, made by Tatar tribe, mid 19th century
Labeled as originated in Ukraine, Crimean Peninsula, early 20th century