Posts Tagged ‘Armenia’

2018 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

June 27, 2018

2018 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is back in Washington DC, June 27th to July 1st and July 4th to July 8th. You’ll find it on the National Mall.The free festival features the cultures of Armenia and Catalonia (music, dance, craft and foodways), crafts of African Fashion, Migration and Creativity, and a special Sisterfire concert.

The festival schedule is here. See you on the line at the food concessions.

Festival map. Festival blog. Download the festival program here


“How To Get The Most Out Of The Smithsonian Folklife Festival,” DCist



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World’s Oldest Leather Shoe

June 10, 2010

World's Oldest Leather Shoe

A 5,500-year-old shoe has been discovered in a cave in Armenia’s Vayotz Dzor Province, near the Iranian border. The footwear features leather uppers and sole and a straw inner sole, and has a unique lacing pattern, with both front and rear laces. Only the right shoe was found (have they looked under the bed?).

The shoe, a thousand years older than Stonehenge, is in perfect shape. Perhaps it was discarded when those platform cave shoes came into fashion. While this is a landmark archaeological find, a pair of 7,500-year-old fiber flip-flops was found in Missouri.