Preserving traditional crafts
Artisans of Central Asian countries are preserving and multiplying their national traditions in various artistic fields, including crafts. Local craftswomen pass the secrets of their crafts from generation to generation. One of the most skilled craftswomen of Kazakhstan’s Kyzylorda region is almost 100 years old. Utesh Taszhurekkyzy knows all the tricks of the ancient weaving techniques. The craftswoman makes household items. She passes her priceless knowledge of the traditional values to her 35 grandchildren and 28 greatgrandchildren.
UTESH TASZHUREKKYZY, CRAFTSWOMAN:
-Both of my parents were skilled craftspeople. I believe I inherited their talent. I have been weaving, embroidering, winding yarn and weaving carpets since I was very young. However, talent is nothing without hard work and belief. Diligence is important!
Resident of Bishkek Gulnara Berdykozhoyeva makes unique stuffed toys. Today, her works are known far beyond Kyrgyzstan.
This is a shelf with my dolls. I usually keep them here under the glass.
The craftswoman’s dolls differ in size and style. However, they all have a similarity as they don’t have noses and mouths. The artisan made her dolls’ mood unclear. Children play and believe that the doll’s mood changes with their mood. The craftswoman called her first doll Lana and presented it to her daughter.
KHANZAADA BERDYKOZHOYEVA, ARTISAN’S DAUGHTER, KYRGYZSTAN:
-When my mother was making the doll, I was wondering about the result. When she finished it, I almost cried.
The craftswoman’s works are very popular. Gulnara made more than 500 dolls so far. They were all quickly sold. According to the craftswoman, the handmade items are in higher demand compared to retailed ones. They are more soulful and seems real to children.