Silk and Felted Long Vest from Kyrgyzstan, Grey and White
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.
StunningÂ hand-felted long vest by Kyrgyz artisans atÂ Seven Sisters
Size Medium or Large
100% wool on 100% silk base
Dry cleaning orÂ hand wash (dry flat)Â recommended
The Seven Sisters artisan group from Kyrgyzstan isÂ seven sisters from the Sharshambieva family who produce layered, mottled felt and silk products in the tradition of ala-kiyis. For thirteen years, the sisters have worked together, pressing vibrant felt into the rippling designs that tell stories of their culture. Today, the sistersâ€™ work is able to support their large extended family. Â â€śOur love for this work was instilled by our grandmother, a famous skilled worker,â€ť says Farzana. The sisters can remember, as children, watching their grandmother lay patterns down on the carpet, and listening as she explained the legends associated with each design.Â
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Artisan Group: Seven Sisters
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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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