Kazakh people pride themselves for the craftsmanship and artistry of its artisans. 

Traditionally made patchwork quilts called the “Kurak korpe” are full of vivid colors, beautiful ornaments and fine patterns. The hand-made quilts have always been popular among the nomads. They are used to greet the guests, as gifts to family members and a decor item in Kazakh homes. Vibrant ornaments, embroideries, geometrical and botanical patterns serve to brighten up any interior design.  

ASSEL KALYBEKKYZY, HEAD OF TRADITIONAL GOODS WORKSHOP:

- There is a custom to lay “Kurak korpe” on Nauryz holiday. We fill it with cotton, sometimes we put sheep wool inside. We also make them from polyester padding. These quilts are great gifts and do not take much space at home.

Researchers say that Kazakh people’s sacral beliefs are reflected in these pieces of fabric sewn together into a larger design. Every patch has a special meaning. The patterns built up from different fabric shapes have always been highly valued. The blankets symbolize prosperity and well-being.  

ASSEL KALYBEKKYZY, HEAD OF TRADITIONAL GOODS WORKSHOP:

- Every detail has its meaning. For example, you can see the shape of the newlyweds bending over the family fireplace. A quilt made of this fabric will serve for up to 10 years and it will not change its color and texture.

Traditional Kazakhs decorative and applied art forms are gaining more and more popularity. Foreign tourists are often delighted to buy “Kazakh korpe.” The local craftswomen admit that they have a lot of customers. That is why the workshop staff is busy with orders every day.  

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