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Wool Landscape Scarf


Gulnara Kydyrmyshova created by

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Transport your winter wear to the majestic Tien Shan Mountains of Kyrgyzstan with this painterly, hand-felted wool scarf. These heartfelt illustrations are rendered using a unique needle felting technique by Kyrgyz 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. Using this special process, dyed wool fibers sourced from local sheep are fused to create imaginative images representing the simplicity of Kyrgyz life. A yurt--a portable, bent wood-framed dwelling structure traditionally used by Turkic nomads in the steppes of Central Asia—is set against snowcapped and reddish mountains that provide a backdrop for the lush pastureland. Each warm, one-of-a-kind can helps enrich the lives of these nomadic artisans and brings wonder to the wardrobe of any style savvy woman with an eye for the exotic.

Gulnara Kydyrmyshova

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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.

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felt, cotton, wool
71" L x 15" W
Machine wash cold, air dry, iron
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