The strong and self reliant nature of nomadic tribes, combined with the diverse influences of ancient artisans has resulted in some truly unique national products. Kyrgyz people value things which are both useful and beautiful, and much of what they produce reflects that.
Shyrdaks — felt carpets
One of Kyrgyzstan’s most famous exports, these thick felt carpets are handmade every step of the way. Sheep raised on high country jailoos are sheared for the lush wool which is then dyed and sorted. Master craftswomen create striking geometric patterns inspired by the stunning natural world around them. Each pattern has a special significance— learn about Shyrdk from a master, or even try your hand at making one!
High quality wool is used as felt and woven into fabric to produce traditional and modern clothing, hats, bags, and wall hangings.
Men in Kyrgyzstan often wear this tall white hat. It is made of four felt squares, turned up at the base, and sometimes decorated with white or black embroidery.
Leatherwork, embroidery, and pottery are also handcrafted, with each region having its own specialty.