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Inside An Ornate Kazakh Yurt In Uzbekistan

As autumn arrives in Uzbekistan, one ethnic Kazakh family in the Zarafshan region is preparing to leave their summer home -- a richly decorated yurt set up next to their house. The breezy mobile shelter is a common choice to help residents escape the heat of summer. It's also a way for families to preserve the traditions of past generations who once carried their yurts with them to summer pastures. RFE/RL photographer Umida Akhmedova visited the village of Rahat earlier this year as a Kazakh family gathered to help set up their seasonal residence.
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Astara Yusupova (right) and a relative help to decorate a yurt outside their home. Every year, family members work together to set up the yurt where they live during the summer.
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Astara Yusupova (right) and a relative help to decorate a yurt outside their home. Every year, family members work together to set up the yurt where they live during the summer.

Astara's eldest son, Dulat, one of nine children, helps to decorate the inside of the yurt.
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Astara's eldest son, Dulat, one of nine children, helps to decorate the inside of the yurt.

Astara hangs woven fabric to decorate the interior. Past generations used to carry yurts with them to mountain pastures where they would spend the summer tending to herds of livestock.
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Astara hangs woven fabric to decorate the interior. Past generations used to carry yurts with them to mountain pastures where they would spend the summer tending to herds of livestock.

Astara's son Erhan hangs the "chandelier," a woven decoration hanging below a skylight.
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Astara's son Erhan hangs the "chandelier," a woven decoration hanging below a skylight.

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