“Lately, the interest of tourists to these silk scarves increased. During the tourism season, our sales increase. In 2014 Kalagayi was added into UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity List. ”
There are two more women working in his small manufacture. As they say, they have been working here for more than 30 years. Amiraslan is trying to preserve this handicraft, however, he says he cannot get constant benefits from it.
“This is a very hard and difficult process, everything is made by hand. Additionally, there is not constant work, and to make more work, someone or teach someone you should have a constant work. Mainly, we have orders from the governemnt events.”
Amiraslan says that for the preparation of one kalagayi, it costs 20 AZN, but the sale price is 40 manat. The prices in the old city of Baku and Sheki are much higher. He says that mainly those scarves are brought from China.
“As our carpets became synthetics, so kalagayi too, has become that. The Chinese take the examples, and start to produce the same, but the lower quality product, which is not natural silk.”
The master does not know much about the meaning of the symbols on the kalagayis.