The pattern itself and its derivatives are considered powerful amulets in Kazakh culture. In traditional culture, the ring called “qūsmūryn” was worn only by virgins, and owl feathers (üki) were sewn on the headdresses of girls, children, and salsers and served as amulets attached to a dombra, cradle, etc. This emphasises their high status.
The ornament “qūstañdai” was used exclusively to decorate the clothes of orators (sheshen, bi) and akyns, symbolising vocal power.
In Turkic culture, geese and swans were often considered symbols of loyalty, devotion and love. The ornament qaz moiyn is a horizontal S-shaped figure that was often used to decorate the bride’s hope chest. Swans, like all water birds in Turkic mythology, belonged simultaneously to two worlds: The Upper and the Lower. In many myths, the ancient Turkic goddess Umay appears as a swan girl. The swan may have been a totem of the shaman-baqsy and the sal-seri.