Handmade Felt Roadrunner Christmas Ornament from Kyrgyzstan
HoonArts Fair Trade, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is your doorway to the rich and colorful artisan world of Central Asia, the heart of the ancient Silk Road. This item is an example of the unique handmade products that HoonArts has carried in the past. Visit the HoonArts website [https://www.hoonarts.com] to check out what’s currently in stock, and explore more about this little known region.
- 100% merino wool
- Handmade by Kyrgyz artisans at the rural co-op Kork, in cooperation with Fair Trade Federation memberÂ Silk Road Bazaar
- Fair Trade
Approximately 8″Â long
Â In 1996 Gulnara Kyrdyrmyshova incorporated â€śKork, Fiber Art Group.â€ť “Kork” means “hope” in the Kyrgyz language. At that time many artists faced unemployment and required a place to express their talents. Kydyrmyshova recognized this and quickly organized â€śKork, Fiber Art Groupâ€ť to provide local artists with an outlet to sell their works.
Kyrdyrmyshovaâ€™s focus has always been on the promotion of felt products; however she works with artists who are engaged in various mediums. â€śKork, Fiber Art Groupâ€ť has been providing artists in Kyrgyzstan with a place to promote their felt works, other textiles, and ceramics for over 15 years.
â€śKork, Fiber Art Groupâ€ť has helped to sustain interest in the arts, provide artists with employment, and kept the tradition of felting alive during times of severe poverty and economic depression. Kyrdyrmyshova and her associated artists have a deep interest in the encouragement and integration of traditional Kyrgyz design and patterns in their artwork as well as educating people about their history of felt.
SinceÂ 2012 Silk Road Bazaar and Kork have partnered to bring Kyrgyz crafts and design to a global audience.
Artisan Group: Silk Road Bazaar
Learn about the artisans we work with: https://www.hoonarts.com/pages/about-artisans
Rikki Quintana founded HoonArts Fair Trade in a leap of faith in 2014, working with master artisans in Tajikistan who had no reliable western outlet for their beautiful handcrafted products. Since then, she’s expanded the business to include products from artisans in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Her long-term fair trade partnerships with internationally renowned artists make it possible to offer unique and authentic handcrafted fashion and home decor items that are not available anywhere else in North America. HoonArts also offers travel tours, live and recorded online experiences and master classes, and other behind-the scenes education, making HoonArts your go-to “Doorway to the ‘Stans.”
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