Kyrgyz nomad family

Preserving Kyrgyzstan’s nomadic traditions

In a Bishkek museum, when I spotted this photograph of Kyrgyz nomads on the move, I was intrigued. What was the woman’s enormous turban...
Kyrgyz shyrdak

“Golden hands” produce Kyrgyz shyrdaks

Shyrdaks are Kyrgyz felt carpets, handmade made using patterns and sewing techniques handed down through generations. Always produced by a community of women, they...
Detail of felt and silk shawls in the Aidai atelier

Kyrgyz felt travels its own Silk Road to high fashion

Designers in Kyrgyzstan are doing wonderful things with felt these days. On a May afternoon in Bishkek, I visited the atelier of Aidai Asangulova,...
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