Women start to prepare traditional clothes for March 8

VAN – Saying that the women already start to prepare their traditional dresses (kiras-fistan) for March 8, International Women’s Day, Vahide Atayılmaz states that the kiras-fistan is the dress making the women free even if their colors differ from each other and that the women should take streets on their day with their colors.

Women already start to prepare their traditional dresses on the occasion of the approach of the March 8, International Women’s Day. Vahide Atayılmaz (26), who opened a tailor shop in the Yeni Neighborhood of Van’s İpekyolu district two years ago, sews traditional dresses. Each year, she sews and sells the traditional dresses known as kiras or fistan preferred by women to wear on the International Women’s Day.

‘The women begin to give order for kiras-fistan’

Stating that kiras-fistan has been worn by women for different events as well as March 8, Vahide expresses that the kiras-fistan is worn in the spring and autumn. Noting that the traditional dresses differ in the each region, says, “The dress style is vary from region to region and from city to city. Costumers prefer plain dresses. With the approach of March 8, the women living in the neighborhoods begin to give order for traditional dresses.”

‘Women will take streets with their colors’

Vahide says that kiras-fistan is the dress making women free even if their colors and style differ from each other and states that the women should take the streets with their own colors on their day. Vahide says, “The women feel themselves more free by wearing kiras-fistan with the color and model that matches the spirit of struggle of March 8th. This is also a tradition. All women should wear kiras-fistan on March 8; International Women’s Day and take the streets.”