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Puppy with Whiskers Slippers

$34.00 $19.99

Gulnara Kydyrmyshova created by

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Treat tired feet to the comfort of remarkable craftsmanship of artisans working a world away. These unique slippers are made by Kyrgyzstani tailors through the aid of Gulnara Kydyrmyshova, an entrepreneurial local artisan who has helped revive and bring attention to the distinctive handicraft of this recently-independent nation and its people. Each snuggly but firm pair features a traditional Kyrgyzstani design rendered in soft felt made from wool shorn from local sheep. The playful pup's nose is turned up because the Kyrgyz believe that we should always respect the planet, and thus, not directly step on it. Perfectly suited for brief strolls as well as extended lounges around the house, the woolen material absorbs moisture and odor as it keeps feet dry and warm. Plus, when slipped on bare feet, the friction created from the wool improves blood circulation, and the lanolin in the fabric soothes muscle and joints howling from stress and soreness. Handmade in Kyrgyzstan.

Gulnara Kydyrmyshova

created by

Gulnara Kydyrmyshova

In 1991 when Kyrgyzstan became an independent country, most of the country's talented artists fled to larger and more creative cities. However, specially trained artist Gulnara Kydyrmyshova stayed behind and established a small retail store called Kork, with the vision to revive Kyrgyz craftsmanship and help relieve her nation of poverty through the trade of handmade felted works. For about twelve years she supported local craftsmanship by selling felted handicrafts in her store. She also conducted free sewing classes to unemployed women in her community.

In 2011 Kydyrmyshova connected with Peace Corps Volunteer Andrew Kuschner, and together Kuschner and Kydyrmyshova worked together to bring Kyrgyz handicrafts to the American market. Through their work together they have been able to bring stable work to over twenty artisans and create an interest in the revival of traditional craftsmanship amongst the local population.

Read more about about this work (and see some stunning photos of Kyrgyzstan) on our blog.


Made from
vinyl, wool
See below for measurements.
Small = Women's 5-6;
Medium = Women's 7-8;
Large = Women's 9-10;
Extra Large = Women's 11-12 or Men's 9-10

Care: Clean with damp cloth, air dry
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Economy shipping:
within 8 days, arriving no later than the 9th business day after the order was placed.
Standard shipping:
within 4 days, arriving 5 business days after the order was placed.
Preferred shipping:
within 2 days, arriving 3 business days after the order was placed.
Expedited shipping:
within 1 day, arriving 2 business days after the order was placed.
Express shipping:
will ship the same day and arrive 1 business day later.

Please note, the Puppy with Whiskers Slippers have been discontinued. When each size sells out, it will no longer be available and will be removed from the drop down. At this time, the Small is the only size available.

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