For centuries, Kazakh national clothes were simple and rational. It was characterized by common forms for all segments of the population with certain social and age regulations. Elegance and beauty of dresses were shown by fur trim, embroidery, and jewelry. Traditional materials for the clothes, apart from widely used cotton, were leather, fur, thin felt, cloth, all of which were produced by the local population. Clothes sewn from imported materials - silk, brocade, velvet, were used to measure the wealth of their owners.

Kazakhs have always valued animal skins and furs as sewing material. Coats or so called Tons, were sewed from animal skins and fur coats, such as Shash were sewed from furred animals, which were perfectly suitable for weather conditions in Kazakh Steppes. Outerwear was usually named after the animal it was made of: Zhanat tone - a coat of raccoon fur, Kara tulki ton - of a black fox fur, Kamshat boryk - a beaver hat, Bota ton - a coat from camel skin, Zhargak tone - from a foal skin, etc. Many kinds of clothing were made from felt. Predominantly white coat was used for its production, and thin fur from sheep's neck was considered particularly valuable.