National traditions of Gold-stitching embroidery
The art of gold-stitch embroidery take its origin from the Saka period. Well-known artist Aizhan Abdubaitova breathed life into once forgotten ancient traditions of the Kazakh decorative and applied arts. She is the only Kazakh artist that recreates the clothes of khans, biys and sultans using the precious threads.
AIZHAN ABDUBAITOVA, EXHIBITION AUTHOR:
- This art has not been studied. There are no works and thesis papers written on this topic. There are no methodologies or schools that preserved this art. It may be the reason why it took 30 years to revive the art of gold-stitch embroidery. We literally collected the information bit by bit.
For instance, it takes almost five years for Aizhan Abdubaitova to decorate one shapan or a headwear with gold ornaments.
BAITURSYN OMARBEKOV, HONORED ARTIST OF KAZAKHSTAN:
- Sometimes our young designers do not attach importance to ornaments, their symbolism or meaning. They apply on clothes the ornaments that pertain to carpets. And ornaments that should be used on clothes, are used on carpets.
The artist held a master class for visitors of the exhibition. She demonstrated application of golden threads to velvet, brocade and other fabrics.
RABIGA BAITOLESH, STUDENT:
- I’ve been studying this art for already 3-4 months. I have learnt a lot, for instance, I learnt various techniques of metal threads embroidery. This is a 10-santimeter thread that takes the whole day to embroider.
In her 30-year creative work experience, the artist taught the ancient art of gold-stitch embroidery to over 50 craftswomen.