How old is the oldest leather shoe?

The oldest (found so far) leather sandals were worn 6000 years ago! They were discovered in Cave of Warrior in Judean Desert in 1993.

The oldest all-foot covered leather soft shoe was found in the cave of Armenian Highlands in 2008.

The exceptional discovery was made by Soviet archeologists in 1947 in Pazyryk kurgans of Altai Mountains (south of modern city of Novosibirsk in Russian Federation), when the oldest ornamented leather boots were excavated from the burrows of Scythian nomadic tribes that had been waiting to be found for over 2300 years. All three recovered boots are decorated with intricate patterns and ornaments that bore sacred meaning for the owner.

The Tatar boots tradition is keeping the spirit and the leather craftsmanship of the nomadic heritage.

“Warrior Sandals”“Armenian Incognito”“Otze the Iceman”“Cave Moccasin”“Salt Man”“Siberian Beauty”“Roman Fort Lady”“Turkic Seamstress”
Isarel Antiquities Authority Article in Scientific JournalSouth Tyrol Museum of ArcheologyArticle in Science JournalZanjan Archeology Museum Hermitage Museum Saalburg MuseumNational Museum of Mongolia

Exceptional boot is called chitek

When you google boot, tons of images of different boots come up:  fancy, classy, ugly, modern, in all shapes and colors. But the boots that are created using leather mosaic technique do not come up… I am realizing that it is not only because of my poor implementation of SEO tactics but also because the boots that I am talking about on my website belong to different category. These boots are right between footwear and art. These boots are one-of-a kind and hand-made, always!

New Sah boots

made by Sahtian

The special category that they belong to is Chitek . The word chitek comes from Tatar word çitek (читек or ичиги ) which means  “a boot made from soft leather and ornamented with cutout designs that are stitched together by hands”. The technique is so unique and sophisticated that no other ethnos but the Tatars could master it over the centuries. Chiteks are very popular in many regions of Russia and highly treasured by their owners because you can conquer the world in them.  The word читек is googalabe. But chitek is not yet…  I am on a mission to figuring out the ways to make association of boot  with chitek more recognizable in people’s and web workers’ mind. If you have any ideas, I appreciate if you share them with me via uniqueleathermosaic@gmail.com

made by Sahtianboot 4boot 5

 

Kazan

Leather mosaic by Sahtian

Come to get a taste of Tatar Culture and Art  as well as  to celebrate many other cultures at the International Festival in Raleigh, NC, on October 4 – 6, 2013.

This is the first year the Tatar Culture is presented in this annual festive celebration of ethnicities and their vibrant cultures. This year’s theme is “Arts, Crafts and Music” – and the Tatars have so much to offer and share.

Please stop by to see beautiful exhibits and samples of Tatar leather mosaic, embroidery, weaving, jewelry, decorations, illustrations and more. You will have a chance to realize why technique of leather mosaic is so unique and why Tatar decorative art  is so exceptional and beautiful! You will also have a chance to try yourself as a designer of Tatar costume: Boots, hats and aprons are waiting for you to be decorated with Tatar ethnic ornaments and patterns.