4th IASSRT Symposium

International Association for the Study of Silk Road Textiles Symposium

Kislovodsk, Russia, 23-29 Septenber 2019

Nasledie Institute
Scientific Research Institute of Archeology and Ancient History of the North Caucasus (Stavropol)

[1] Overview


Date 23-29 September 2019

Organaizer: Nasledie Institute


Symposium, Special exibition, Master Class, Study tour


Ministry of Culture of the Karachay-Cherkessk Republic

Kislovodsk Local History Museum "Fortress"                       

National Museum of the Republic of Adygea

The State Karachay-Cherkess Historical-Cultural and

Natural Museum-Reserve                    

Astrophysical Observatory of

The Russian Academy of Sciences

[2] Special Exhibitions


Traditional Clothes and Gold Embroidery of the Circassians

Organaizer: National Museum of the Republic of Adygea

History of the Highlands Old Families in Applied Art

Organaizer: Kislovodsk Local History Museum "Fortress"

Hundred Mountain Shawls

Organaizer: The State Karachay-Cherkess Historical-Cultural and Baychorova Natural Reserve

[3] Master Classes

Technique Caucasian Gold Embroidery

Mountain Traditional Costume through the Ages

The Transformation of Costume in the Context of the History of the Northern Caucasus Mountain Clans

[4] Art Market

“Art-September”, Kislovodsk

Traditional applied art of the peoples of the North Caucasus: gold embroidery, costumes, shawls, housewares: wood, metal and ceramics

[5] Study Tours

Silk fabrics and clothing of the medieval population from rocky burial grounds

The State Karachay-Cherkess Historical-Cultural and Natural Museum-Reserve.
Zelenchuksky District Local History Museum.

Early Christian temples

Lower Arkhyz Historical-Architectural and Archaeological Complex.  Alania is the first Cristian state in the territory of Russia. The most ancient architectural monuments of Cristianity are present in Lower Arkhiz, where in Middle Ages was situated Political, Cultural and religious centre of Alania. Conference participants are invited to go through the territory of the medieval Alanian settlement and explore the three Christian churches

Starry sky of the Caucasus

Excursion to the highland observatory with the largest optical telescope in Europe

Khasout Valley

Silk Road went through the territory of Alania and through the Khasout Valley - home to one of the largest rock burials with preserved textiles.  Weather permitting, on the way to the valley you can enjoy the majestic vista of the entire Caucasus mountains range surrounding mount Elbrus (5 642 m)

[6] Schedule

Day 1

Settling in
Free time, a chance to take a pleasant stroll in the city of Kislovodsk

Day 1

Day 2

Opening ceremony
Special Exhibitions
Master Classes
Art Market

Day 3-4


Day 3-4

Day 5-6

Study Tours

Day 7


Day 7

[7] Accommodation

The North Caucasus. City of Kislovodsk  "Fortress" Resort and small cozy hotels around.

The North Caucasus – the area locked between the Black and Caspian Seas has always been the intersection of cultures, languages and people. The city of Kislovodsk is situated in the location of a nomadic camp of Mongolian Khan Uzbek, visited by Ibn Battuta in 1334 who called the area “Bishdag”, meaning “Five Mountains”.
The city of Kislovodsk is the largest spa- resort of the North Caucasus. The city delights its guests with a wonderful mountain climate, sunny days and is famous for its mineral water - narzan, known as the water of the legendary heroes - Narts. Sanatorium "Fortress" is located in the center of Kislovodsk, in a beautiful mountain park. The sanatorium offers single, double rooms and suites. The price includes three meals, narzan baths,  and massage.

Cost of a single room – 70$/day;

double room for one person – 50$/day;

deluxe suite – 150$/day;

suite for one – 135$/day.

[8] Transport

Flying into Mineralnye Vody (MRV) Airport. Airport – Kislovodsk transfer (aprox. 60 minutes) is provided

[9] Food

A variety of local Caucasian and international cuisine options will be provided. Traditional Caucasian cuisine contains meat and milk in abundance. While vegetarian options will be available, if you are lactose intolerant or have any acute food allergies please notify the organizers in advance

[10] Clothing

Golden autumn begins in September in Kislovodsk. The average temperature in September is about 20 degrees Celsius, but warm afternoon and a cool evening. Several routes will run in the highlands, so we ask the conference participants to have comfortable shoes and a warm jacket.

[11] Visa


To issue an invitation necessary for your Russian visa application we need the following information:

  • A digital copy of the passport with a photo (the passport must be valid for 6 months from the date of the declared departure date from Russia)
  • Citizenship
  • Previous family names (or indicate that you did not change it)
  • Place of Birth
  • Residential address and telephone number.
  • Employer, position, work address and telephone number.
  • Trip dates
  • Russian consulate (city) where you intend to apply for the Russian visa.


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