АРКАНДЖЕЛО ЛАМБЕРТИ. ОПИСАНИЕ КОЛХИДЫ ИЛИ МИНГРЕЛИИ (1654)
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Этот народ так беден, что одевается в лохмотья из шерстяного покрывала, которые спускаются у них от пояса до колен. Знатные употребляют иностранные ткани. К кожаному поясу, покрытому золотыми бляхами, прицепляют, кроме сабли, все, что может быть необходимо в путешествии нож, точило, ремень шириною в три пальца и длиною в пол локтя, огниво для высекания огня, два маленьких мешочка, один с солью другой с перцем и прочими пряностями, шило, нитки, иглу и даже восковую свечку. Рубаха вокруг шеи и внизу выткана золотом. Для того чтобы видна была эта щегольская отделка, они выпускают рубаху из штанов, а куртку, которую носят сверх рубахи, кроят короче последней. Во время сильного холода они надевают род кафтана подбитого мехом. Шапки их остроконечны.
Michele Membre, Relazione... (1539-1542)
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The Mingrelians go very poorly dressed, all with short cotton clothes and unshod, which we value for nothing. But it is quite true that all their feet look as if they were scabby. They wear on their heads a piece of felt like a mitre; they are all very small. To the north are many high mountains. The Mingrelian gentlemen wear very long clothes and a pair of boots of sheepskin leather, not having a leather sole but all of that sheepskin; also coloured felt on the head; and they are unbearded, with long moustaches such as the Iberians [eastern Georgians]have.
The King can have, by what was said, horsemen 7,000 in number, who are called aznavurs. The said aznavurs are much bigger men than the rest of us and have long, black moustaches; and they shave the beard. And they wear clothes, that is very long stockings of cotton cloth, of very coarse cotton, and cloth breeches, with, over the stockings, boots of sheepskin leather, and a quilted shirt of coarse cotton cloth, and a very long dolman of cotton cloth; and on the head a felt hat with a very long fine top. Which felts are coloured. Their arms are swords, lances, shield, bow and arrows, iron mace, mail coat, cuirassine, half helmet, plate gauntlets, good horses with good silk covers such that an arrow cannot go through them. So, when one of the said aznavurs rides to go to the field of battle, he wears all those arms.
Leonhard Rauwolf, Aigentliche beschreibung der Raiss in die Morgenlaender (1583)
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Near the glorious City of Trebizond. situated on the Euxine [Black] Sea, begins the Country of the Georgia, and butts toward the south upon Armenia. These are very civil and simple people, but yet strong and brave warriors; they esteem and honor among other saints, but chiefly for warlike businesses, as their Patron, the Knight St. George, from whom they take their denomination. Their merchants come very often in great caravans to Aleppo, and are, according to all appearance in their shape and posture like the Persians, only that these are more whitish, and the others more tawny and browner: they wear also like them short flying coats, and long and wide drawers [pants].
Francois de La Boullaye-Le Gouz, Les Voyages et observations (1657)
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The Gurgi or Georgians have long hair in the front but shave it on the back of the head, which is covered with a fur cap, in the manner of the Poles or Tartars.
Jean Chardin, Journal du voyage du chevalier Chardin en Perse & aux Indes (1673)
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Their Habit is peculiar; and unless they be the Ecclesiastical Persons, they wear but very little beard. They shave the top of their heads in a circle but allow the rest of their hair to grow down to their eyes, and then clip it round at an even length. They cover their Heads with a light cap of felt, very thin pared and cut into several half-moons around edges. In the winter they wear a fur bonnet: They are moreover so beggarly [gueux] and so wretched [miserables], that for fear of spoiling their caps or their bonnets in the rain, they will put them in their pouches, and go bare-headed. Over their bodies they wear little shirts [chemises] that fall down to their knees, and tuck into a straight pantaloon. Nor indeed is there any habit in the world more deformed then theirs. They carry a [long] rope at their girdles, to tie together such people or cattle which they rob from their neighbors or take in war. The nobles wear leather girdles four fingers broad, full of silver studs, at which they hang a knife, a whetstone, and a steel to strike fire: together with three leather purses, the one full of salt, the other of pepper, and the other with pack-needles, lesser-needles, and thread. The poor people go almost naked; such is their misery not to be paralleled anywhere else; not having any thing to cover their nakedness but a pitiful felt resembling the chlamys of the Ancients; into which they thrust their heads, and turn which way they please as the Wind sits; for it covers but one side of their bodies, and falls down no lower than their Knees. There are some, that are pared very thin to keep out the Water, which are not so heavy as the common sort; that are ready to weigh a man down, especially when thorough wet. He that has a shirt and a pair of pitiful drawers, thinks himself rich; for almost all of them go bare-Foot; and such of the Colchians as pretend to shoes, have nothing but a piece of a buffalo's hide, and that untanned too; this piece of raw hide is attached to their feet with a thong of the same: so that for all these sort of sandals, their feet are as dirty as if they went bare-foot.
Almost all the Mingrelians, both men and women, even the most noble and wealthy, rarely have but one shirt [chemise] and one pair of breeches [callecon] at a time; which last them at least a year: in all which time they never wash them more than three times.