In Attire

I'm a first born immigrant from my hometown, Crimea. during the migration I was 10 months old and I was considered Ukrainian because Crimea was under Ukraine at that time and I have a Ukrainian passport. I'm also the only person in my nuclear family that was born in Crimea, because during the Soviet Union, everybody was deported to Uzbekistan, and when the people returned to their home towns, the kalpak had a second life. More people started to wear it, especially the elders, to represent to torment. I now live in New York in the states and while I'm still in school, my parents work, especially my dad with multiple jobs, paying for extracurricular lessons for me and my siblings. We, as Crimean Tatars, are not very popular or well known, mostly outside of Europe and Russia, even though Crimea is a Paradise with healing, beach air, Vasts amounts of land used mostly for farming and living lavishly, Mountains, Plains, Marvelous Beaches, and with an interesting history and historical monuments and artifacts. Even with all this, the people of Crimea really have a hard time living there because of the Soviet-style infrastructure and cracked, and third world country style roads. Many people want to see Crimea rebuilt because it's a great city-state but little people know about it and it's very upsetting that a place like this is treated with such apathy. This hat really reminds me of my home country and how much torment they had to face, even to this day

Year: 2002

– Emil Dzhangozov

Relationship:  Im/migrant who arrived as a child Im/migrant who arrived as a child