A shepherd Circa 1910 with long coat and sheepskin lining in the hood. Complete with rolled up rope and tools of the trade. The early studio photograph of the Afghan horse traders gave us a view of Afghan sheepskin covers in use in the 1860's. The shepherd's coat indicates the requirement for an all weather solution, the afghan horse traders no doubt would have faced similar circumstances,their long sheepskin covers providing a warm alternative.
Two more images a "Bashkir" horseman and traders with their camels in the mountains near Samarkand Circa 1910. There are animal hides on the backs of the camels. Life outdoors in Central Asia requires warm clothing, covers and rugs for insulation against the cold.
Shepherd: Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii Collection Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-prokc-21878 Bahskir: Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-prok-02317 Camel Traders: LC-DIG-prok-21754Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington