7Sisters

7Sisters

7Sisters

Farzana Sharshembieva creator and member of the truly unique artist collective known regionally and globally as The 7Sisters. This is a family group, formed over decades ago with the desire to preserve cultural heritage around felted textile.  

Farzana is on the right with her sisters. Source: Hoonarts.com


Farzana is an artisan who knows how to use traditional knowledge to give it an innovative touch. For over 15 years, the 7Sisters use the Kyrgyz practice of making ala-kiyiz, in which a pattern of dyed wool is laid on a slightly rolled base, and then the felt is moistened and rolled again.

 

Farzana has begun to produce silk-felt jackets in contemporary ethnic style — a complex process that only a few other artisans have chosen to pursue — and the silk-felt handicrafts by 7Sisters continue to differentiate themselves by maintaining superior quality, finesse, and delicacy


Farzana at work. Source: https://www.moowon.com/stories/farzana-s-roots-and-wings

Since 2011, Farzana and her fellow artisans have participated in the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico, had exhibited in the UK, Germany, Italy, UAE, and India.

 

 

The 7Sisters has received 29 (twenty-nine) UNESCO Award of Excellence commendations for its superior work.


   

 


Donna Karan wearing 7Sisters. Source: Instagram

 

A few years ago, during International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe,  Farzana met one of the coolest client - Donna Karan aka "DK" an American fashion designer and the creator of the Donna Karan New York and DKNY clothing labels. 

 

Would you like to know what happened next?

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