The Country Of Kyrgyzstan
Felted wool has a long history in Central Asia. Traditionally, the nomadic shepherds of Kyrgyzstan made felt to cover their yurts and for making shyrdaks (quilted rugs) to add warmth & decoration to their homes. They also use felted wool to make hats, slippers and clothes for warmth during their long winters. But their crafts and art are just one part of a fascinating and beautiful country.
"Located on the legendary Silk Road, Kyrgyzstan is one of those off the beaten track destinations that still preserve their natural beauty intact. 94% covered by the mountain and featuring peaks of over 7000 m, Kyrgyzstan offers beautiful scenery and is a great place to visit for trekkers and hikers. Issyk-Kul Lake, the Ala-Archa Canyon and the mountains of Tian Shan offer multiple opportunities for hiking on foot or on horseback for several days. Beyond these natural wonders, travelers will not find neither architecture, nor refined cuisine in Kyrgyzstan, but they will meet the hospitable people, many of whom still lead a semi-nomadic existence."
The geology of the Kyrgyz land has established the country as a tourist destination for travelers and vacation goers that seek classic mountain beauty. This geographical reputation is largely comparable to Kyrgyzstan's 'sister state' in the USA, Montana. The mountain landscape and the natural wildlife and flora are the main themes and influences that inspire the art of Kyrgyzstan. The earthy colors and tones, animal themed patterns and natural materials all pay homage to the land.
Kyrgyzstan is a developing country which is relatively young, having separated free of Soviet control, the people of Kyrgyzstan have tried to stabilize their country and bring greater democracy to their nation. Over the years of their national evolution Kyrgyzstan's identity continues to define itself through the history of their craft, art and handmade industries.
Below are links to several sources of information on Kyrgyzstan and its history. We additionally include their government website and travel and tourism information.
http://www.gov.kg/ (Russian language)
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