Do you want to explore a new place off the beaten path? Have you ever heard of Kyrgyzstan? This landlocked country in Central Asia, located along the ancient Silk Road, is a treasure trove of history, culture, and natural beauty.
Kyrgyzstan boasts an impressive array of historical sites, including the 3,000-year-old petroglyphs at Saimaluu Tash and the ruins of the ancient city of Balasagun. The country is also home to some of the most stunning natural landscapes in the world, from the towering peaks of the Tien Shan mountain range to the crystal-clear waters of Lake Issyk-Kul.
One of the most unique and fascinating aspects of Kyrgyzstan is its rich nomadic culture, which is still alive today. Traditional yurts and eagle hunting demonstrations provide a window into the nomadic past.
Kyrgyzstan is also known for its intricate and colorful textiles, which are adorned with traditional designs, especially their felt carpets. Shyrdak carpets are not only beautiful but also hold significant cultural and historical meaning, as they have been passed down through generations of Kyrgyz families.
If you're curious about the history, unique culture, and stunning natural beauty of this "hidden" world of Central Asia, check out our several blog posts about Kyrgyzstan:
- Felting Fun Across Kyrgyzstan - Part 1: Born from the Landscapes
- Felting Fun Across Kyrgyzstan-Part 2: Felting, Felting, Felting Everywhere
- Felting Fun Across Kyrgyzstan Part 3: Felting Silk with Seven Sisters
- The Epic of Manas: Soul of the Kyrgyz
- HoonArts Live- Kyrgyz Nomad Games and Modern Fashion
- Poppies in Kyrgyz Culture
- Handmade Felt Ornaments from Kyrgyzstan: Unboxed
- The Elechek Headdress: Kyrgyz Tradition
In the meantime, if you’re wondering exactly where to find this Silk Road land, check out the video below.
The Seven Sisters artisan group: