At the end of the 19th century and during World War I,
the Armenian Question became an issue in international politics. In the Ottoman Empire,
they tried to resolve the problem by mass massacres of the intellectual elite and the forced religious conversion
of the Armenian people. A policy of extermination of Armenia from the map was attempted, leading to the slaughter
of over a million and a half Armenian men, women and children.
However, Arubani, the ancient goddess of fertility indeed proved to be fertile.
The remaining Armenians flowered in different regions, and their distinctive styles and costumes
within every province evoke the splendor of Armenia and its history.
The portion of the Ararat Plain from Yerevan to Siuniq is the present-day Armenia.
The remainder exists as a cause in the hearts of Armenians dispersed today as a prosperous diaspora around the world.
A bride from Shamakh (19th c.), one of the many regions at the center of Armenia