‘Presents To President’ exposition - Kazakh TV

First President’s Museum and Library include thousands of exhibit items and books symbolizing Kazakhstan’s cultural and fraternal relations with various countries. The collection is made up of paintings, sculptures, arts and crafts and books, presented to Nursultan Nazarbayev during his formal meetings and negotiations.

KULYAYSHA AKTAYEVA, DEPUTY DIRECTOR, LIBRARY OF FIRST PRESIDENT OF KAZAKHSTAN.

 - There is an extensive collection of various materials, including books, archives and clothing items in the library of Kazakhstan’s first president. New exhibits are constantly arriving as a result of the president’s current activities.

All the exhibits presented at the exposition are unique in their own way. These are colorful statuettes, handmade vases, decorative dishes, tea sets and coins. A collection of items presented to the Kazakh president by the leaders of the Central Asian countries takes a special place in the museum. According to the museum staff, most of the presents emphasize the common ancient nomadic culture, specific to the countries of the region.

KULYAYSHA AKTAYEVA, DEPUTY DIRECTOR, LIBRARY OF FIRST PRESIDENT OF KAZAKHSTAN:

 - I would like to say that leather is the favorite material of the Kazakh and Kyrgyz craftsmen that they traditionally use. It reflects the historic affinity of our nations. Leather has always been a perfect material that withstands temperature variations and preserves food and its taste in the environments of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.   

There are samples of the traditional weapons and armors on the museum shelves. In total, over thirty items from the weapons collections of the First President’s museum and library are presented at the exhibition. Particular attention is paid to the weapons presented to Nursultan Nazarbayev by the leaders of the Central Asian countries.

KULYAYSHA AKTAYEVA, DEPUTY DIRECTOR, LIBRARY OF FIRST PRESIDENT OF KAZAKHSTAN:

 - These are the traditional samples of Central Asian weapons, a dagger and a sabre. Their handles are made of bone; the scabbards are also made of bone. If we take a closer look, we can see that there is a metallic element and a colored paste filling. This is jewelry-making technique, when craftsmen use a special colored paste instead of rhinestones. The same technique was used to adorn this dagger. There is an inscription: “To the Distinguished Nursultan Nazarbayev.” 

The collection also includes Uzbek silverware, famous Turkmen carpets and exclusive jewelry made by the best craftsmen of the region. The traditional exchange of gifts between the leaders of the Central Asian countries is the testament of trust and good relations among the countries. Books presented by the regional presidents take a special place in the books collection of the library. They testify the high level of relations between the neighboring countries. The collection contains nearly 30,000 books.

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