Artist Makha Uyutky produces her pieces using the traditional German mastercraftsman model. She has a small “production” studio in Bishkek where she employs four working apprentices. Her mother and family friends produce larger pieces such as blankets and Shydak rugs in her home village of Kochkor.
Kyrgyz felt is a non-woven fabric made by repeatedly pressing together wet sheep’s wool. It is durable, colorful and comfortable. Because the fabric is non-woven, it can be shaped, molded and added to, much like wet clay. Our felt is produced in the small city of Tokmok, 60 km east from the capital city of Bishkek along the Fergana Valley. Unlike most felt products from Asia, our Moreno wool comes from sheep herds in the mountainous Naryn region.
Silk is produced in the neighbouring silk road county of Uzbekistan, using traditional methods.
Artworks are hand-made here in Kyrgyzstan. Pieces are designed by artist Makha Uyutky who employs apprentices to help with their production. Scarves are constructed by pressing together wet silk and felt to fuse the materials into a single piece of elegantly embedded fiber. Traditional Shydak Rugs are fashioned using a mosaic overlay of felt patterns, quilted together with embossed thread. Single-piece items like hats and slippers are fashioned by pressing and shaping the wet felt like clay.