Crimean Tatar Women Signaled Matchmakers With Shoes

Forced marriage was never customary for Crimean Tatars. Therefore, during the wedding ceremony — sez kesim, when matchmakers came to the girl’s house and asked her parents for her hand, the daughter’s opinion was always taken into account. But etiquette did not allow to say a hard “no”. Therefore, the girls refused unwanted suitors with the help of … shoes.