Discover the Art and Culture of Kyrgystan – With Gift Voucher Giveaway from

December 21, 2013 by  

Discover the art and culture of Kyrgystan with our Giveaway of a $150/£90 gift voucher (first prize) and $50/£30 gift voucher (second prize) from, who help artizans from around the world sell their work online.

Kyrgyzstan is a small, mountainous country sandwiched between China and the former Soviet Empire. Despite modernization, urbanization and a Stalin-induced history of agricultural collectivization, Kyrgyzstan is, in its heart, nomadic. Three forces; Yurts, sheep and mountains, represent the literal fabric of the country.

Yurts, sheep and mountains, represent the fabric of Kyrgyzstan Photo:

Yurts, sheep and mountains, represent the fabric of Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan is 97% mountains, most of those well-over 7,000 meters. On May 15, families pack-up their homes and head for their alpine summer grazing camps called Jailoos. Wealth is often defined in animal stock versus money in the bank. At over 1,000 US dollars a piece, these yaks are quite the nest egg. Of course, there’s no greater go-to animal for summer grazing than our friend the sheep.

Kyrgyz Folk Art – colorful, functional, whimsical

Felt is a non woven fiber created through compression and agitation – two forces that go along way to describing the country of Kyrgyzstan. Felt is the medium of choice for nearly all functional and decorative Kyrgyz folk art, whose patterns reflect the mountains and natural surroundings that the Kyrgyz people hold so close to their hearts.

Making felt in Kyrgyzstan Photo:

Making felt in Kyrgyzstan

Dyeing felt in Kyrgyzstan Photo:

Dyeing felt in Kyrgyzstan

Women sew the traditional felt rugs in Kyrgyzstan Photo:

Women sew the traditional felt rugs in Kyrgyzstan

Traditionally made for the Yurts of the Tian Shan Mountains and made from cut layers of compressed, dyed felt, the Shyrdak Felt Rugs are Kyrgyzstan’s national art. Hand pressed, dyed, cut and sewn by the women of the Altyn Kol Women’s Cooperative from local wool in the small town of Kochkor, your one-of-a kind Shyrdak makes a great living room accent or fun mini yoga mat.

The Shyrdak felt rug is the Kyrgyz national art Photo:

The Shyrdak felt rug is the Kyrgyz national art

A master artisan can fashion about three pairs of Kozy felt Slippers in a day. The process requires tireless handwork, creating the felt from tufts of wet wool, and tirelessly pressing it and shaping it over the course of several hours into a comfy pair of slippers.

Kozy Felt slippers Photo:

Kozy Felt slippers

Donkeys (along with Yurts, sheep, horses and mountains) are synonymous with the Kyrgyz countryside. Unfortunately, the forces of modernization and urbanization have taken market share away from this humble and functional animal. Across the country, donkeys are suffering from underemployment and low self esteem.

Handmade felt toy Donkey Photo:

Handmade felt toy Donkey

Win crafts from Kyrgyzstan or from around the world

Globein LogoGlobeIn is a social start-up whose mission is to connect a billion working artisans with the Global marketplace. They help artisans from remote regions sell their work online, and have an established network of trusted artisans in Kyrgyzstan. Artisans receive 100% of their asking price for each item sold. Further, GlobeIn reinvests an additional 10% back into the country of origin for local managers and artisan support. Whether you’re a customer or a lucky winner, you’re helping to support some amazing local artisans and keeping ancient traditions alive while enjoying some very cool crafts. You may like to try the GlobeIn Gift Box with a different selection of artizan gifts shipped to you each month. Thanks for helping to build the global economy.

GlobeIn have kindly given us a $150/£90 (first prize) and $50/£30 (second prize) gift voucher to give away to our readers. The vouchers can be spent on artizan craft goods from Kyrgystan or other countries on the website and can be shipped  to you wherever you are in the world (shipping charges may apply outside the US).

How to Enter and Win

Please enter this Giveaway through the Rafflecopter widget on this page or which you can find here – To enter you need to;

1. Visit the website and leave a comment below telling us which item you would love to order with your GlobeIn gift voucher.

For additional chances to win you can;

2. Tweet about and link to the Giveaway mentioning @Heathercowper and @GlobeIn_World for example;

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3. Like the Heatheronhertravels Facebook Page at

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5. Register at the website here

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Other Giveaway information;

  • The competition will run for 2 weeks from Sat 21 December 2013 until midnight Monday 6 January 2014
  • The 2 winners will be selected at random once the Giveaway has ended
  • Once selected the 2 winners of gift voucher $150 and $50 will be notified by e-mail and must confirm they accept within 5 days or the gift voucher will be offered to another entrant.
  • The Giveaway is open to entrants in any location worldwide although there may be shipping charges to pay on your order.
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This giveaway is now closed, congratulations to our winners Alice and Anna. Many thanks to everyone who participated.

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244 Comments on "Discover the Art and Culture of Kyrgystan – With Gift Voucher Giveaway from"

  1. Hayley Mulgrove on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 11:37 pm 

    i love this and as it is hand cafted it would make it even specialer

  2. Jeremy Andrews on Sun, 5th Jan 2014 12:08 am 

    I would like to buy this It would look lovely in my house and I have so many uses for it.

  3. susan smoaks on Sun, 5th Jan 2014 12:56 am 

    i like the Silver necklace with a blue gem “Lapis lazuli” with goldpieces from Tajikistan –

  4. Natalie Gillham on Sun, 5th Jan 2014 12:59 am 

    I love the 100% Handmade in Russia – Boho-chic Golden Zebra Feather Earrings

  5. Crystal Renee on Sun, 5th Jan 2014 1:51 am 

    I love the Blue Suns handmade earrings because they are beautiful!

  6. Candie L on Sun, 5th Jan 2014 2:08 am 

    My son likes Handmade Chess with straw encrustation “Traditional” Thank you

  7. Karrie Millheim on Sun, 5th Jan 2014 2:14 am 

    I love the Unique Silver Earrings from Tajikistan. I love earrings and these are so unique looking

  8. Naomi Buchan on Sun, 5th Jan 2014 3:08 am 

    I’d choose a few things as gifts including the Silver Hummingbird Pin – Silver Abalone and Mother of Pearl its beautiful x

  9. vicki lorenz on Sun, 5th Jan 2014 3:16 am 

    The Handmade Birch Bark Toy Railway engine for my grandson

  10. Jennifer Reed on Sun, 5th Jan 2014 3:33 am 

    I believe I would get a beautiful scarf or earrings from the talented artisans at this site. I often have people comment on these accessories and it would be a great way to open the door for a conversation about the Globein website. I love the
    San Antonio Scarf – Gold and the Jacaranda Earring Leaf and Dark Beads.

  11. Laura on Sun, 5th Jan 2014 3:51 am 

    There is an owl christmas ornament set that I would love to get for my secret pal at church!

  12. Angela Williams on Sun, 5th Jan 2014 7:28 am 

    I would love the X-Small (1.5 sq ft) Traditional Shyrdak Felt Rugs from Kyrgyzstan

  13. Brenda Elsner on Sun, 5th Jan 2014 7:41 am 

    I would love to have the handmade felt slippers.

  14. Irv on Sun, 5th Jan 2014 7:50 am 

    With $50 I’d purchase the Medium Double Bell with Attached Striker from Ghana along with a pink, Hand Beaded Belt from Mexico. With $150 I’d purchase a couple of Beaded Belts with Leather Backs from Mexico.

  15. Kirsten Murphy on Sun, 5th Jan 2014 8:29 am 

    I love the felt mats and the hand smocked baby dresses

  16. Joshua Johnson on Sun, 5th Jan 2014 8:32 am 

    I would buy silver rings made by D. Sharipov.

  17. Liz ferguson on Sun, 5th Jan 2014 9:19 am 

    Hand knitted sweatshirt

  18. esther james on Sun, 5th Jan 2014 9:41 am 

    I love this Black Clay Pottery for Kitchen

  19. Nick Hopkins on Sun, 5th Jan 2014 9:46 am 

    I would love to get this for my partner:

  20. joseph gersch on Sun, 5th Jan 2014 10:00 am 

    id get the “Blue Suns” – Hand made Silver Wire Wrapped Earrings from Tajikistan for my wife she wouldlove them

  21. Natalie boundy on Sun, 5th Jan 2014 10:47 am 

    Ooh the slippers are gorgeous xxx would do brilliant when I go into hospital to have my baby xx

  22. Tamara Foster on Sun, 5th Jan 2014 12:44 pm 

    The slippers to keep my feet nice n cosy and warm in this cold weather 🙂

  23. tina d reynolds on Sun, 5th Jan 2014 1:00 pm 

    I love the Khokhloma painted ladle “Quarreling roosters” if i won the $150 it would be great in my kitchen love how rich it is in color. if I won the 50 I love the Handwoven Necklace with Black Clay – Neclakces 1050º it would look cute with a lot

  24. Heather Cain on Sun, 5th Jan 2014 1:06 pm

    I would buy this briefcase and top up the difference if I win the top prize.

    It looks beautifully crafted and I know my hubbie would appreciate the beauty and sturdiness of the briefcase.

    Not only that but he knows he will be supporting someone who he has never met but appreciates!

  25. Karen R on Sun, 5th Jan 2014 1:20 pm 

    I’m loving the Felt Sandal “Slippers” 🙂

  26. sally on Sun, 5th Jan 2014 1:49 pm 

    I love the slippers. I’m new to your blog – very interesting.

  27. Jennifer Rhymer on Sun, 5th Jan 2014 3:12 pm 

    I LOVE the Jade bracelet with minerals. It’s so unique & has my favourite colours I t 🙂

  28. maggie fawcett on Sun, 5th Jan 2014 4:54 pm 

    Love the felt slippers!

  29. beth on Sun, 5th Jan 2014 5:22 pm 

    Handmade Russian traditional matryoshka, 3 pcs. ive always wanted some of these

  30. raven on Sun, 5th Jan 2014 5:35 pm 

    I would pick the hand knitted kids sweaters

  31. Christopher Millward on Sun, 5th Jan 2014 5:59 pm 

    large set of Russian dolls, my wife loves them

  32. Sarah Z on Sun, 5th Jan 2014 6:01 pm 

    Oh my… so many amazing things! I would love Silver Hammered Rectangular Spiral Cuff Bracelet or Ten Turn Bead and Bone Bracelet – Forest Greens! Amazing!

  33. Maureen Millward on Sun, 5th Jan 2014 6:04 pm 

    This red and black blouse from Mexico

  34. Catherine Gregory on Sun, 5th Jan 2014 7:43 pm 

    I love this 🙂

  35. Richard E on Sun, 5th Jan 2014 8:37 pm 

    Would love to win, amazing travels!!

  36. anita roberts on Sun, 5th Jan 2014 8:45 pm

    this is gorgeous – love the colours xx

  37. Cinderellaemily on Sun, 5th Jan 2014 8:49 pm 

    I would love the slippers!

  38. jackie rushton on Sun, 5th Jan 2014 9:10 pm 

    Handcrafted Decorative Vase

  39. Lisa Garner on Sun, 5th Jan 2014 9:18 pm 

    I would love to get the Handmade Baby Felt Slippers because they are unique and look comfortable for my daughter.

  40. Angela Newsome on Sun, 5th Jan 2014 9:50 pm 

    Possibly the hand painted wooden plates!

  41. Julie Hawkins on Sun, 5th Jan 2014 10:38 pm 

    I like the Russian folk dolls

  42. Melanie Montgomery on Sun, 5th Jan 2014 10:54 pm 

    Hand knitted short poncho with open collar

  43. pamela love on Sun, 5th Jan 2014 11:35 pm 

    I love the Party Animal Set because it is so fun. There are so many beautiful, and unusual items.

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