Gulnara Kydyrmyshova

When Kyrgyzstan became an independent country in 1991, most of the nation's talented artists fled to larger and more creative cities. But maker Gulnara Kydyrmyshova stayed behind and established a small retail store with the vision to revive Kyrgyz craftsmanship and help relieve her nation of poverty through the trade of handmade felted works. She started by conducting free sewing classes to unemployed women in her community. For over a decade, she has supported local artisans by selling felted handicrafts in her store.

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

  • Taco Booties

    Taco Booties


  • Taco Dreams Mobile

    Taco Dreams Mobile


  • Baby Shark Tail

    Baby Shark Tail


  • Elephant Booties

    Elephant Booties


  • Baby Mermaid Tail

    Baby Mermaid Tail


  • Triceratop Booties

    Triceratop Booties


  • Sloth Booties

    Sloth Booties


  • Strawberry Shortcake Booties

    Strawberry Shortcake Booties


  • Sweet Corn Booties

    Sweet Corn Booties


  • Baby Goldfish Tail

    Baby Goldfish Tail


  • Lil Stinker Booties

    Lil Stinker Booties


  • Taco Cat Bed

    Taco Cat Bed


  • Whale Booties

    Whale Booties


  • Magic Fish Booties

    Magic Fish Booties


  • Pink Flamingo Mobile

    Pink Flamingo Mobile


  • Owls and Stars Mobile

    Owls and Stars Mobile


  • Succulent Felt Centerpiece

    Succulent Felt Centerpiece