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Melting Pot

Melting Pot
Photograph by Daniel Sheehan

A vision of color in motion, women stroll through the central market in the Caspian port city of Turkmenbashi, Turkmenistan. Their provincial clothing indicates they are certainly not locals, and their facial features suggest that they may be from Kazakhstan or Kyrgyzstan. Many people from outlying rural areas come to big cities like this to sell their tribal products. One popular commodity, the Asian carpet, has deep roots in Turkmenistan. It is woven largely by young women, both to create their own marriage dowries and to be sold commercially.



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