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Ashgabat 2017 uniforms launched in colourful ceremony

03 Aug 2017
The Ashgabat 2017 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games came one step closer to reality with the release of the official uniforms during a colourful ceremony at the Games headquarters. The uniforms, which come in six colours, were unveiled during a fashion show involving staff members of Ashgabat 2017. Staff were cheered on as they walked the runway displaying their new attire.

The uniform base colours were developed from the Ashgabat 2017 brand —Karakum Yellow, Turkmen Green and Caspian Blue, Injir Purple, Feroza Green and Keteni Red. The colours will differentiate between workforce, volunteers, and technical officials.

Unveiling the uniforms, Dayanch Gulgeldiyev, Chairman of the 5th AIMAG Executive Committee, said: “We’ve moved one step closer to Ashgabat 2017 with the official release of the Games-time uniforms. We have paid great attention to detail to ensure they reflect the Games spirit. I hope that when officials and volunteers proudly wear their uniforms, they’ll get a sense of the glorious period our country is passing through.

I congratulate everyone who worked for the successful delivery of these beautiful uniforms.” Ashgabat 2017 Commercial Director, Donna Taylor, who leads the team that designed the uniforms, elaborated on the creative process behind the striking uniform range.

“The uniforms were developed using ornamental elements taken from the Ashgabat 2017 brand. The design inspiration came from traditional Turkmen clothing, where the embroidered patterns represented the different regions or tribes. The uniform’s patterns are bold and strong, whilst maintaining traditional intricate ornamental designs.”

Two types of uniforms — formal and casual — have been designed, with all of them proudly displaying the Ashgabat 2017 name. Casual uniforms consist of a short sleeve polo shirt with a button front placket and flat knit collar, and come in a male and a female fit. Cargo style trousers, which feature multi pockets and elasticated waistbands, also offer a zip-off feature at the knee that can convert them into shorts.

The casual jacket has a full front zipper made from a lightweight breathable polycotton blend. A baseball cap and waist bag for safe storage of essential items complete the casual uniform. Formal uniforms will consist of specially designed suits for both men and women. The men’s suits will have a single-breasted, two-button jacket, with a patterned lining and embroidered detail on the pockets.

While male participants will receive traditional trousers with a fly-front and button closure, females will get a full-length skirt with embroidered detail on the waistband. For men, a neck tie with embroidery will be provided, while women will receive a neck scarf featuring an ornamental pattern.

The 8,000-strong programme of First Stars, or volunteers, will each receive a colourful casual kit. Their uniforms — with Karakum Yellow as a base colour and patterns of Injir Purple and Keteni Red splashed across them — will be vibrant and stand out from the crowd.

Ashgabat 2017 Human Resources, Workforce and Accreditation Director Sharon McMichael said it was also a proud moment for the country's flourishing textile industry. "While Ashgabat 2017 is sure to leave a lasting legacy for Turkmen sports, what's equally impressive is that the country was fully self-reliant in creating the uniforms for thousands of people.

Local production companies in Gokdepe, Turkmenbashi, Gypjak, Ahal and Ruhabat were pressed into action and they did a thoroughly professional job. It's a proud achievement for the Turkmen Ministry of Textiles.”

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