Christmas Ornaments

Handmade Saguaro Cactus Christmas Ornament from Kyrgyzstan

Give a taste of the desert Southwest US with this unique little felt Saguaro cactus Christmas ornament. And remember, saguaros grow in Arizona, not New Mexico! This fun little cactus hanging on your Christmas tree will help keep the vision alive until you're able to travel again to explore the differences between these neighboring states.

 

  • 100% merino wool

  • Handmade by Kyrgyz artisans at the rural co-op Kork, in cooperation with Fair Trade Federation member Silk Road Bazaar

  • Fair Trade

  • Approximately 5" tall, 3" wide

     

    In 1996 Gulnara Kyrdyrmyshova incorporated “Kork, Fiber Art Group.” "Kork" means "hope" in the Kyrgyz language. At that time many artists faced unemployment and required a place to express their talents. Kydyrmyshova recognized this and quickly organized “Kork, Fiber Art Group” to provide local artists with an outlet to sell their works.


    Kyrdyrmyshova’s focus has always been on the promotion of felt products; however she works with artists who are engaged in various mediums. “Kork, Fiber Art Group” has been providing artists in Kyrgyzstan with a place to promote their felt works, other textiles, and ceramics for over 15 years.


    “Kork, Fiber Art 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. Kyrdyrmyshova and her associated artists 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.


    Since 2012 Silk Road Bazaar and Kork have partnered to bring Kyrgyz crafts and design to a global audience.


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