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The history of almost every Kyrgyz craft takes the beginning in nomadic style of life. Nomadic life left its print on the dwellings, clothes and crockery of Kyrgyz people. Even then the Kyrgyz got over to settled life; the applied arts did not lose its value and has been transmitted from one generation to another.
Carpets and felt articles
Felt articles are the most popular and widely spread in Kyrgyzstan. Felt or Kiyiz in Kyrgyz, is a natural and fine material, which manufacturing is very laborious process. Felt produces from sheared in autumn cheep wool, but the process of manufacture requires warm and sunny weather. Sheared wool is ...
Textile giants of present days almost solved the fate of homespun manufacture and fate of Kyrgyz loom - ormok - ancient, made of wood and which at least can be found only in the history museums. There are a few of them in the museum, but it is also can be found in work. On that loom the Kyrgyz masters ...
Patch works are widely spread in Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyz kurak is highly developed applied art which reflects nomadic style of life. For patch works use various materials, it could be cotton, velvet or leather. There are also various styles of Kurak, which represent skills of masters, traditions of different ...
The Kyrgyz braided the reed screens mainly from Cheegrass (reed) or chiy in Kyrgyz. It grows in abundance on the foothills of Kyrgyz mountains and sometimes even around the yurts - Kyrgyz dwellings, in the dust of nomadic paths and under the horse hoofs, so the Kyrgyz had all opportunities to test its ...
Teasel weaving holds a special place in the rich and diverse heritage of Kyrgyz people. Piled carpets are original, colorful and very popular. Carpets have their own stylistic traits, creating a harmony of patterned motifs of a variety of colors. This type of weaving was predominantly spread through ...
Embroidery (tush kiyiz)
Embroidery has always been a female craft. Many embroidered items were intended for practical use a well as for decoration of the yurt. Along with colorful fabrics, mats and felts, embroidered items made a cozy ensemble decorating a man's shelter. Many household articles were decorated with embroidery, ...
Metals artwork is one of the most ancient genres of Kyrgyz arts. In ancient times the kumush usta - which is Kyrgyz for silversmith was highly respected in the Kyrgyz society. Kumush usta was treated as a special person, a skilled creator of wonderful jewelry, and someone with the mysterious power over ...
Since ancient time Kyrgyz people have decorated leather articles. Animal skins were used to make a variety of household articles including leather clothing and footwear, kitchen containers (ko'okor, saba, konochok, konok, chyny kup), horse harnesses, tail-straps, saddle-girths, bridles, and saddle-clothes. ...
Wood carving has existed in Central Asia from since time immemorial. Articles made of wood are widely used by Kyrgyz people in everyday life till present time. There is a stylistic connection between wooden works and other kinds of craftsmanship, particularly with items made of felt and leather. Carved ...
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