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Welcome to our website "Kyrgyz Applied Arts".

 

This is one of a series of websites which is planned to cover the many different aspects of Kyrgyzstan: the people and their traditional lifestyle and culture; the places and the history of the country; and (especially as we are a tour company) about the tourism potential of the country and the region.

The reason we are creating these sites is that we find many people know little about this small country in the heart of the Asian continent, and which straddles the ancient Silk Road. As a result they have many questions. We hope that the websites will answer some of these questions and also introduce the country to a wider audience. We hope that you find the site interesting and helpful. We welcome your comments and suggestions as to how we can make it more so.

This particular site concentrates on the traditional handicrafts that are found in Kyrgyzstan, working with: felt and fabrics; leather; wood; metal and other materials. They reflect ancient traditions and nomadic lifestyle of the people, and demonstrate a practicality arising out of necessity. For example, musical instruments and other implements were fashioned out of objects found naturally in the environment – were easily crafted and transported as the family moved from pasture to pasture with their flocks of sheep. The people lived a subsistence existence – each family group would make items to satisfy their own needs. Occasionally goods were exchanged as presents or bartered and sometimes a master, skilled in a particular craft, would emerge whose work was highly prized.