Kyrgyz Shawl Scarf Red Poppies BlackHoonarts
Karzana Sharshembieva, from Kyrgyzstan, is the oldest of seven sisters who together produce hand-felted silk scarves and apparel. They create layered, mottled felt products in the tradition of "ala-kiyis.” Their products depict flora and fauna in signs and symbols that have sacred meanings. Ancient Kyrgyz worshiped the forces of nature, the sun and fire. Patterns celebrate the beauty of nature, which has magical value that protects and blesses.
For more than 15 years, the sisters have worked together, pressing vibrant felt into the rippling designs that tell stories of their culture. Today, the sisters’ work is able to support their large extended family. “Our love for this work was instilled by our grandmother, a famous skilled worker,” 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.
- Hand made in Kyrgyzstan
- 100% wool on 100% silk base
- Dry cleaning recommended