Having graduated from Moscow Art College (MUZhVZ) in 1912; Alessio Issupoff spent three years traveling around Russia's Ural region. During this time he also visited Orenburg, his wife's hometown, where he painted A Kazakh bride.
The painting is a detailed study of a Central Asian bridal costume in the movable tent-house used by nomads: the yurt. The traditional wedding gown consisted of three gold-embroidered dark red velvet robes worn on top of one another. The bride's chest jewellery onyr zhiek indicates that she originates from Western Kazakhstan.
The traditional nuptial headdress for Kazakh women was a tall cone-shaped saukele. However, the bride in this painting is wearing a kasaba hat, distinguished by its round shape and decorated with fur and feathers. A Kasaba could also be worn after the wedding celebrations, but with a scarf rather than feathers. This type of headdress became fashionable in Central Asia at the end of the 19th century especially in the Orenburg area. Like saukele, kasaba were decorated with gold embroidery and pendants with semi-precious stones and often with silver bells as in this painting. The headdress was the most important and expensive part of the bride's wedding gown; its price could be as much as that of 100 horses.