Wedding Rituals and Traditions - Kerchief

A scarf meant a lot in wedding rituals. On "gelin toi" day (wedding of the bride) women from entire brought their wedding gifts and sweets wrapped in kerchiefs. When they were about to leave they got their kerchiefs back full of presents equal to those they had brought. A big kerchief itself was considered a kind of a gift. A kerchief was the most valuable prize to win during men's contests.

A bride's wedding procession was decorated with colored kerchiefs. Even now a kerchief is an important decoration of a wedding ceremony.

All young women and girls come to weddings in bright kerchiefs. Not too long ago any wedding procession traveling to the future husband's home gave away small kerchiefs or pieces of cloth to passers-by in order to «to neutralize the malicious forces which might harm a young family".

Today wedding guests are given small pieces of fabric, kerchiefs "shapyrdyk", and handkerchiefs. It is a sign of festivity and well-being. Turkmen also bring gifts to the house of the groom: kerchiefs, pieces of cloth, carpets, rugs, mats, spreadings ("at gulak").