The image of the Circassian kitchen depicts the traditional and the modern in stark contrast with one another. In the foreground, partially prepared food rests on a floral patterned cloth in a wooden box. In the background, a large metal refrigerator holds ingredients for future cooking. Functionality likely plays a large role in the decision to incorporate new pieces or retain old ones. The use of modern kitchen equipment makes the creation of food more efficient, and keeps unfinished product from spoiling as quickly. The retention of the wooden trays and fabric gives them a connection to the way making food used to be, and converting to another newer system would probably not significantly improve their productivity or the quality of their product, but may make these Circassian women feel somewhat disconnected from their heritage.
The way that the women are dressed also represents a blend between traditional and modern attire. Aside from their traditional head coverings, the women are clothed head to foot in Western style clothing. Incorporating pants into their wardrobe allows these women to retain their modesty while also quickly and efficiently cooking large quantities of food. Wearing a long skirt instead would probably become tedious and difficult relatively quickly, which is probably why this aspect of the traditional clothing is not adhered to.
One might look at a kitchen manned entirely by women as being sexist, yet this setup may provide the women with a safe area to relax and conduct themselves as they choose. The women working in this kitchen have shared experiences and hardships, and the fact that they have a place that is free of men to bond and feel safe is probably quite important and reassuring to them. In this way, the tradition that women belong in the kitchen may seem rude and sexist to a Westerner viewing this image, but may create a safe haven in which these Circassian women are able to let down their guard and be themselves. This is a place where the traditional interpretation of being a woman meets with the modern one, and a place where stereotypical gender roles serve to create a safe space for women to embrace who they are and how they feel.