Silk Road Bazaar, founded in 2011, designs ornaments that are produced by marginalized artisan groups located in Kyrgyzstan. They work with artisans who are far from the capitals, who have limited market access, who do not possess modern marketable skills but have carried on traditional craft culture.
“Kork, Fiber Art Group” was founded in 1996; at that time many artisans faced unemployment and required a place to express their talents. The group has helped to sustain interest in the arts, provide artists with employment, and kept the tradition of felting alive during times of severe poverty and economic depression. The founder and her associated artisans have a deep interest in the encouragement and integration of traditional Kyrgyz design and patterns in their artwork as well as educating people about their history of felt.
Fairly traded and handmade in Kyrgyzstan.