The National Art Gallery ‘Astana’ hosted an exhibition of decorative and applied arts of Kazakhstan ‘The legacy of the Great Steppe’, dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s independence. The piece of works made of leather, wood, bone, as well as felt products and jewelry made by Kazakh masters were presented to visitors. In the past, folk crafts of Kazakhs mostly included felting, leather processing, wood and pottery. Also, metal products were essential in the Kazakh applied art.

 

BAIKONYR IZZHANOV, PROFESSOR, KAZAKH NATIONAL ARTS UNIVERSITY

Currently, young people learn to make tapestry and mats applying new technologies. For instance, surface of the felt is trimmed with multicolored wool, and a colorful composition emerges. And all this made with a needle. It requires a lot of effort and patience, but the young generation is still interested in this.

 

Mark Morrison is a tourist from the U.S. According to him, before arriving to Kazakhstan, he studied history and traditions of the Kazakh people. But the exhibition allowed him clearly to see the way of life, ornaments and products of nomads, making, in this case, a lasting impression.

 

MARK MORRISON, TOURIST FROM U.S.

What we see is the traditional kinds of designs and motives in modern kind of setting. And what we’ve also seen coming to this gallery, it is a world class. We’ve been in different galleries around the world and many different capitals in the world, in Paris, in London, Tokyo, Singapore, many different places. And what we find here it is just the same caliber, it is the same level of quality. Right here in Astana in Kazakhstan. It is very impressive to see the same kind of quality here, as we’ve been in many places of the world.

 

Kazakh people are the direct successors and followers of the ancient culture, which is preserved in the vast expanse of the Great Steppe. The exhibition not only allowed to witness it, but also to make some handicraft. Master classes on felting and jewelry art was organized for visitors of the exhibition.

 

Photo: nag-astana.kz

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