Kyrgyz nomad family

Preserving Kyrgyzstan’s nomadic traditions

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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

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Shyrdaks are Kyrgyz felt carpets, handmade made using patterns and sewing techniques handed down through generations. Always produced by a community of women, they...
Kyrgyz felt

Kyrgyz felt travels its own Silk Road to high fashion

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