National souvenirs

There is a unique place in Tashkent which you just can’t pass by. On the outside, it looks like a small traditional area of Tashkent. The thing that gives it out is a beaten track of tourists to the gates of this gallery. Once you crossed the threshold, something makes you think of whether it is a fashion shop, whether a treasure of unseen beauty of Uzbek souvenirs and unique pieces of decoration or is it an art platform for different cultural event. That is why it is a unique place where you can buy some exclusive national things, but also you can dive into the ancient culture of Uzbek nation.

In the historical center of Baku almost every step you can find boutiques selling various crafts, handicrafts, decorations for every taste. We decided to look into one of these shops and immediately realized that everything was there - figurines made of porcelain, wooden and glass vessels with national ornaments, dolls and much more. A distinctive feature of this place is that here you can meet the authors of all these things.

Aigul Janserikova is a well-known person in Kazakhstan. She is running her business successfully and at the same time, she is among the best Kazakh ethnic designers. Unique felt items which are produced by Aigul are popular in Kazakhstan and beyond. Today, Aigul Janserikova is the head of “Kazakh oner” the center of craftsmen, which was established in Almaty to restore and develop Kazakh traditional handicraft and to maintain domestic tourism. In spite of the fact that the center was opened recently, its already found its place on the map of the city and became one of the interesting sightseeing.

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