The Uzbeks are the descendants (along with the Turkomans, Turkmens, and Hazaras) of the 13th century Mongol invader, Changiz Khan who lay the entire central Asia, including Afghanistan, to waste. They live in Central Asia, mostly in Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. Originally nomadic marauders, the Uzbek turned to farming and animal herding after the 15th. Century. Beginning with the 18th Century when the Russians invaded the Transoxiana region, the area was divided into Russian protectorate Khanates of Uzbek, Tajik, Turkoman, Kyrghiz, and Kazakh. Later these khanates were dissolved into the USSR as Soviet Republics. The Uzbek craftsmen and craftswomen are known for their fantastic silver and metal jewelry, silk embroidered wall panels (Suzanis – meaning needle work) , fantastically embroidered and embellished gowns and dresses, and Kilims. Uzbeks speak a central Asian variety of Turkish. They are Sunni Muslims. Nomad Style is proud to present a vast collection of genuine, vintage, tribal Uzbek suzanis, gowns, dresses and other textiles. The Uzbek ladies wear these majestic dresses as they go about their daily business.