“Shyrdak, the Kyrgyz Felt Carpet” of 360 pages in three languages (Kyrgyz, Russian and English) represents art of the Kyrgyz Shyrdak, which is rooted in the mists of time.
Within the series «Beauty in Harmony with Nature»
The book is published in order to increase the awareness of the general public about the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Kyrgyz people.
In this book, the majestic and beautiful nature of Kyrgyzstan echoes with the finest examples of the kyrgyz shyrdaks, which patterns hide the sacred meaning of human being on Earth. The book also introduces the readers to the leading masters of the Kyrgyz shyrdaks, as well as highlights the efforts of various public organizations and individuals to preserve and promote the Kyrgyz shyrdak.
Most of the materials for this publication were acquired and gathered through an extensive work conducted since the middle of 1980’s by the specialists in handicraft sector. Dinara Chochunbaeva, an expert on development of traditional crafts, is an initiator of “Shyrdak, the Kyrgyz Felt Carpet”. Zhenishgul Ozbekova and Aziza Okeeva, the experts on Kyrgyz traditional culture and intangible cultural heritage, were involved as members of the Editorial Board.
The research of the Kyrgyz traditional crafts by CACSARC-kg, supported by the Christensen Foundation (2009-2011)
In order to reveal the richness and diversity of the shyrdaks, an array of experts and scholars in different fields were invited to work on this publication. Designers, photographers, poets, anthropologists and artisans are among the people who contributed to the creation of this book