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

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 Globein.com, 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: Globein.com

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: Globein.com

Making felt in Kyrgyzstan

Dyeing felt in Kyrgyzstan Photo: Globein.com

Dyeing felt in Kyrgyzstan

Women sew the traditional felt rugs in Kyrgyzstan Photo: Globein.com

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: Globein.com

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: Globein.com

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: Globein.com

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 GlobeIn.com 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

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  • The competition will run for 2 weeks from Sat 21 December 2013 until midnight Monday 6 January 2014
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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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Comments

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

  1. Wehaf on Sat, 21st Dec 2013 11:10 pm 

    I would love to get the handmade felt rhinoceros toy!

  2. Hels on Sat, 21st Dec 2013 11:56 pm 

    Thank you for raising a totally new place for me.

    At the end of the 2013 academic year, we finished the hugely popular course on the Silk Route. It is a very long road and one that would take a long time to travel, but if I had to focus onto my favourite parts, I would say Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

    So what happened to Kyrgystan? Was it not on the Silk Route? Were its successful days so far in the past that the modern traveller might not think of this particular stan?
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  3. Heather Cowper on Mon, 23rd Dec 2013 10:06 am 

    @Hels This is certainly a fascinating part of the world with a long trading history, although after all your studies you may be in a better position to tell me where Kyrgystan fits into the Silk Route.

  4. Stacy King on Fri, 27th Dec 2013 8:53 pm 

    I’d love to buy my kids the Hand knitted sweatshirt with a hood & the red and white party banner for their playroom!

  5. Shannon Baas on Sun, 29th Dec 2013 6:52 pm 

    Hand crafted briefcase.

  6. Allison S. on Sun, 29th Dec 2013 7:43 pm 

    I think the Hancrafted Decorative Vase – White and Short is lovely!

  7. anna key on Sun, 29th Dec 2013 8:27 pm 

    I would buy the Handmade Gobelin – Snowed houses as I love the art and love that the artist is from Netherlands, as my ancesters are as well

  8. Amanda S. on Sun, 29th Dec 2013 8:50 pm 

    I would get the dove ceramic pot! I’m always looking for new things to put in my garden.

  9. Diana Bode on Sun, 29th Dec 2013 9:06 pm 

    I love the slippers; I wear slippers all day when at home. If I won; that would be the first thing I would get.

  10. Xty Cruz on Sun, 29th Dec 2013 10:46 pm 

    I would love the Sage and Lime Green Mexican Wedding Dress

  11. Lynsey Buchanan on Sun, 29th Dec 2013 10:57 pm 

    Medium Double-faced Tinya Drum and me and my daughter would have a wee sing song and play

  12. Susan O'Bryant on Mon, 30th Dec 2013 12:07 am 

    The Felt Kyrgyz Folk Doll Mother & Child is simply breathtaking. I’d love that item or any of the others by artisan Erkebu Jumagolova would thrill me!

  13. Jennifer T on Mon, 30th Dec 2013 1:27 am 

    I love the Handcrafted jewelry set – amber coloured murano glass necklace and earrings

  14. Caroline B on Mon, 30th Dec 2013 2:23 am 

    I love the Handmade Felt Slippers for newborns!

  15. Lauren-Olivia Wood on Mon, 30th Dec 2013 3:00 am 

    I would buy the oriental alladin slippers!

  16. Judith R. on Mon, 30th Dec 2013 1:24 pm 

    If I won, I’d order musical instruments, such as the Pre-hispanic Flute from Black Clay Pottery, the Large Wingo Shaker (Peru) and, especially, the Small Kenyan Kalimba Thumb Piano for my nephew who is very into musical instruments.

  17. ryo on Mon, 30th Dec 2013 2:11 pm 

    Womens handmade Stylish felt-silk scarf (16 colours)

  18. Plesa Maria on Mon, 30th Dec 2013 2:55 pm 

    I would buy the Recycled Foil Wrapper Clutch Bag because it’s really nice.

  19. Claire Eadie on Mon, 30th Dec 2013 5:19 pm 

    Definitely the slippers, nothing better than having your feet toasty & warm! Mine are falling apart so could defo do with a new pair xx

  20. Keith on Mon, 30th Dec 2013 5:22 pm 

    Handmade felt deer figurine
    by Shor Bulak OVOP Village

  21. iain maciver on Mon, 30th Dec 2013 5:47 pm 

    Handmade Gobelin

  22. Rebecca Caruso on Mon, 30th Dec 2013 6:01 pm 

    Id love to win the Silver Ring “birds” by Elvira Novikova because not only is it beautiful, but the purchase helps artists like her!

  23. Mary Beth Elderton on Mon, 30th Dec 2013 6:13 pm 

    So many beautiful things! The rugs are breath taking. The musical instruments are very interesting. The kitchen items are so nice. I love the Handwoven Tortilla Basket with Lid–and so many things.

  24. claire woods on Mon, 30th Dec 2013 6:31 pm 

    Handmade Crochet Bear Toy – brown because we love bears in this house.

  25. Cheryl Kean on Mon, 30th Dec 2013 7:47 pm 

    I WOULD LOVE TO WIN THIS BEAUTIFUL TRAIN Handmade Birch Bark Toy “Railway engine” FOR MY GREAT NEPHEW <3

  26. Shirley Evans on Mon, 30th Dec 2013 9:11 pm 

    SILVER EARRINGS

  27. Greig Spencer on Mon, 30th Dec 2013 9:24 pm 

    dove ceramic pot is beautiful

  28. clair dutton on Mon, 30th Dec 2013 10:16 pm 

    love the slippers

  29. jessica on Tue, 31st Dec 2013 1:37 am 

    I would get the Green amethyst pendant on an argentium sterling silver chain

  30. Alexia on Tue, 31st Dec 2013 2:23 am 

    There are SOOOOOO many items that it’s really hard to choose, but if I had to pick a couple favorites, they would be the Handmade Crochet Bear Toy in Green and Pink for my little one and the hand crocheted round tablecloth because my mom has been looking for a nice tablecloth and this is one of the first ones I’ve seen that I think she’ll like! Yay! =)

  31. Sandi O on Tue, 31st Dec 2013 3:24 am 

    The “Carved Rolling Pin- My Birds” is nice and very unique.

  32. Beth R on Tue, 31st Dec 2013 4:21 am 

    I like the Silver necklace with a blue gem “Lapis lazuli” with goldpieces from Tajikistan.

  33. Tammy Richards on Tue, 31st Dec 2013 4:46 am 

    I love Large Silverplated Double Leaf Earrings

  34. Angie Hoggett on Tue, 31st Dec 2013 8:24 am 

    I love this vase because it would go perfect in my living room: http://globein.com/item/hancrafted-decorative-vase-white-and-short

  35. Ruth Harwood on Tue, 31st Dec 2013 8:32 am 

    Handcrafted jewelry set

  36. Chris Hill on Tue, 31st Dec 2013 3:41 pm 

    Felt Kyrgyz Folk Doll for my wife

  37. Wanda Bergman on Wed, 1st Jan 2014 12:48 am 

    I’d love the Embroidery Tennis shoes at globein.com/item/embroidery-tennis because they would look amazing on my footsies!

  38. Nicole Lancaster on Wed, 1st Jan 2014 6:09 am 

    I would love to buy the Handmade Felt Camel Toy because I collect Camels and it would make a wonderful addition to my collection.

  39. Douglas Houston on Wed, 1st Jan 2014 2:15 pm 

    I would get my wife the Handcrafted Silver Wire Wrapped Earrings with Lapis Lazuli – “Blue Suns”. I think she would really like them

  40. Lyndi Malarchuk on Wed, 1st Jan 2014 2:20 pm 

    I would love to get this necklace:
    http://globein.com/item/multi-strand-wire-crocheted-necklace

  41. Laura Pritchard on Wed, 1st Jan 2014 3:13 pm 

    This black vase http://globein.com/item/handmade-decorative-vase-clay-black

  42. bryan clark on Wed, 1st Jan 2014 3:20 pm 

    Suzani ecorative tribal textile its a pretty rug

  43. MANUEL VIZCAYA on Wed, 1st Jan 2014 3:51 pm 

    I would purchase a Hand knitted poncho

  44. Grace Scammell on Wed, 1st Jan 2014 5:15 pm 

    The silver filigree with red enamel? inlay dangle earings for 175.00 are really pretty . I would love these.

  45. Claire Davies on Wed, 1st Jan 2014 7:09 pm 

    I would love to win the Hand painted Pencil Box “Jocker” – point-to-point style

    http://globein.com/browse/home-decor/decorative-objects#sthash.U07a8PVB.dpuf

  46. Maegan Morin on Wed, 1st Jan 2014 8:46 pm 

    Im really loving this Turquoise Ring: http://globein.com/item/two-cube-malachite-turquoise-wrap-ring

  47. Claire Smith on Wed, 1st Jan 2014 8:53 pm 

    The green metal dragonfly from Haiti

  48. David Wilson on Wed, 1st Jan 2014 9:07 pm 

    http://globein.com/item/handmade-felt-boots-adults-purple

  49. Stacey Guilliatt on Wed, 1st Jan 2014 9:09 pm 

    These felt slippers, they are gorgeous http://globein.com/item/handmade-felt-slippers-newborns

  50. Eugenie on Wed, 1st Jan 2014 9:18 pm 

    I like the Sun and Moon Hand Painted 24-inch Metal Wall Art by Haitian Metal Art.

  51. Mary Preston on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 3:21 am 

    I absolutely love brooches. This Silver Hummingbird Pin – Silver Abalone and Mother of Pearl is exquisite.

  52. Lynda Del on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 3:45 am 

    I would love to buy the Red Ceramic and Black Wood Beads Necklace as well as the Handmade Blue Silk Scarf with Varicoloured Wool stripes.

  53. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 4:14 am 

    Love the Hand knitted wool poncho with pink flowers – the details are amazing

  54. LynneH on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 6:13 am 

    I’d put the prize towards a rug

  55. Corinne Fisher on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 6:23 am 

    I would love this rug – Medium (4.5 sq ft) Traditional Shyrdak Felt Rugs from Kyrgyzstan (Custom Made) – it is very different but would look awesome in my traditional Medieval styled living room

  56. MelodyJ on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 7:23 am 

    I like Handmade Crochet Bear Toy-Green.

  57. Hannah Hughes on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 10:22 am 

    One of the stunning dresses or jumpers – perhaps a felted dress, or mexican wedding dress (not for a wedding). I really like the green and black one.

  58. melanie stirling on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 10:36 am 

    I would love the Tajik handpainted glass vase,it’s a great price1

  59. Sarah Davies on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 11:00 am 

    What lovely items! I’ll be bookmarking this site.

    I would buy one of the carved rolling pins and a handmade felt deer. I think they are both beautiful. The rolling pin would be wonderful to add interest and beauty to my bakes and the deer I would bring out at Christmas.

  60. LieSL Lane on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 11:21 am 

    I would like to buy a bag from Manos Especiales. I would love to give something back to Guatemamla which is a country close to my heart and the relationship with these artisans and special needs kids (my area of work) makes me most drawn to them.

  61. Maureen Moss on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 12:02 pm 

    Elegant Tajik silver earrings are lovely just go with one of my outfits
    Fairy wall decoration from stained glass

  62. Anthea Holloway on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 12:10 pm 

    I would choose a Hand knitted sweatshirt with a hood – sky blue

  63. jennifer haden on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 12:52 pm 

    I’d get the Hand painted wooden box for jewelry and letters and combs, as I think they’re simply beautiful and the work that has gone into them is very apparent.

  64. Stevie Fairbairn on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 3:39 pm 

    My niece and I are into sharing bangles. I like Forest green ten turn set.

  65. Stuart Harper on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 3:42 pm 

    I would choose the hand made, The man on the donkey harnessed to a cart figurine.

  66. Tamsin Dean on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 3:54 pm 

    Handmade Gobelin

  67. Clint Howat on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 4:00 pm 

    Medium Double-faced Tinya Drum

  68. alison johnson on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 4:00 pm 

    I like the handmade oriental tea set bu Suhrob Saidov – just because it looks beautiful and like lots of work went in to it x

  69. lorraine stone on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 4:02 pm 

    http://globein.com/item/handmade-ceramic-decorative-plate … I collect decoravtive plates, this would make a great addition and even more loved as a one-off piece.

  70. roger simmons on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 4:04 pm 

    Wallets for my son and I and a simple purse for my daughter would be great

  71. Stephen Ash on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 4:50 pm 

    Hand carved rolling-pin “8 images” Never seen a carved rolling pin before, Would be great for biscuits

  72. Cori Westphal on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 4:59 pm 

    I might get the Handwoven Tablecloth with fringe – white! It’s so beautiful, simple, and unique all at the same time. It’s hard to find simple quality like that in a store bought cloth!

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  73. Allan Wilson on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 5:02 pm 

    My Niece’s would love a Handmade Crochet Bear each.

  74. Andrea Williams on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 5:13 pm 

    I love all the accessories and would love to get the San Antonio scarf.

  75. Angela Morgan on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 6:01 pm 

    Handmade Felt Slippers

  76. Hannah Lawrence (Lewenstein) on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 6:09 pm 

    kiddies hand knitted blue hoody :)

  77. joanne darnell on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 6:17 pm 

    the slippers are cool

  78. Heather Walsh on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 6:21 pm 

    I would love to get Smilling Cat – Hand-stitched Animal Pillow as a gift for my sister.

  79. Janine Phillips on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 6:28 pm 

    loving http://globein.com/item/bag-out-natural-yak-leather-high-pamirs and also many of the cushions

  80. lisab on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 6:32 pm 

    These felt slippers are lovely (and so affordable!): http://globein.com/item/felt-slippers-5

  81. maureen findley on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 6:56 pm 

    Hand knitted sweatshirt with a hood

  82. Kathy Cakebread on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 6:58 pm 

    the handmade rhinoceros is cute

  83. Kirsty Woods on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 7:12 pm 

    http://globein.com/item/red-otomi-pillow-sham-ready-ship-1 Love this

  84. Nicola Holland on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 7:15 pm 

    http://globein.com/item/backstrap-woven-chichi-multi-use-bag-red

  85. kathrine b on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 7:23 pm 

    I’d love to buy Pink and lime green Vintage Huipil Dress Handwoven – http://globein.com/browse/apparel/dresses#sthash.9d2c16oY.dpuf

  86. Hannah ONeill on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 7:38 pm 

    Handmade Crochet Bear Toy because they are adorable

  87. Claire D on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 7:47 pm 

    The handmade Gobelin

  88. Sara on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 7:56 pm 

    http://globein.com/item/oversized-piped-otomi-sham-made-out-nice-raw-linen-2

    Beatifull pillows. :)

  89. Jill Webb on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 8:06 pm 

    This is fab

    http://globein.com/item/golden-khokhloma-hand-painted-biscuit-plate

  90. Melissa Avey on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 8:26 pm 

    I also love the crochet bear and so would baby :)

  91. Susan Smith on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 8:39 pm 

    Golden Hohloma Hand-painted Snack Bowl with Lid

  92. sarah rees on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 8:47 pm 

    handmade rhinoceroos

  93. Christine on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 8:51 pm 

    the Hancrafted Decorative Vase

  94. Debbie Burfoot on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 9:08 pm 

    I love Dancing Butterflies and Dragonflies 24 inch Metal Art, this would look wonderful in my newly decorated lounge

  95. Ruth Wollerton on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 9:10 pm 

    The red and white party banner is one of the many items I covet. All the items are so unique and beautiful I would be happy with anything because a lot of love and care has gone into each piece

  96. Catherine Culmer on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 9:46 pm 

    I would love to win the http://globein.com/item/orange-felt-slippers-dots

  97. Teresa Sheldon on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 9:50 pm 

    I love the ceramin dove and also like their jumpers especiaally the hoody

  98. Lila B Taylor on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 10:19 pm 

    This is a beautiful necklace http://globein.com/item/silver-necklace-blue-gem-lapis-lazuli-goldpieces-tajikistan

  99. Jan on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 10:39 pm 

    Smiling cat pillow

  100. tobys proud mummy toys on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 10:46 pm 

    The wooden train lovely

  101. Amy Ripley on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 10:49 pm 

    the handmade rhino!

  102. Amy Ripley on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 10:50 pm 

    it reminds me of my honeymoon

  103. Jayne Kelsall on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 10:54 pm 

    I love the earrings

  104. simon benson on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 11:01 pm 

    The dove ceramic pot

  105. Teresa Lee on Thu, 2nd Jan 2014 11:37 pm 

    Handmade set of 6 pots with decorative shelf – “Vyatka ceramics”

  106. sofia s. on Fri, 3rd Jan 2014 12:05 am 

    This one
    http://globein.com/item/handcrafted-food-container-solar-symbols

    I love handmade things!

  107. Emad Nadim on Fri, 3rd Jan 2014 12:09 am 

    Filigree Rain Silver Earrings – a real treat for my fiancee who has a real soft spot for silver.

  108. Kat Glynn on Fri, 3rd Jan 2014 1:18 am 

    I love the walnut napking rings and nut cracker set.

  109. victoria thurgood on Fri, 3rd Jan 2014 2:16 am 

    Fairy wall decoration from stained glass is lovely
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  110. Nancy Townsend on Fri, 3rd Jan 2014 5:37 am 

    I love all the Ceramics from Vyatka. I would order the Handmade Set of 6 Pots “Vyatka ceramics” – terracotta, 0,35L

  111. Michaela Turner on Fri, 3rd Jan 2014 5:58 am 

    I would love to purchase this http://globein.com/item/hnadmade-ceramic-oriental-lamp as its stunning

  112. tarbs gill on Fri, 3rd Jan 2014 6:47 am 

    Golden Khokhloma Hand-painted Wooden :-)

  113. Clifford Sherwood on Fri, 3rd Jan 2014 7:27 am 

    I would love the IKAT Fabric Oven Mitts because hopefully we will be having a new kitchen this year

  114. Kirsty Sparks on Fri, 3rd Jan 2014 8:25 am 

    I would get this as it looks so cool :)

    http://globein.com/item/handwoven-tortilla-holder-lid

  115. heather brown on Fri, 3rd Jan 2014 9:49 am 

    THOSE SLIPPERS LOOK VERY COSY

  116. amanda davis on Fri, 3rd Jan 2014 10:13 am 

    Pink Metal Dragonfly – 11 Inches – Haiti
    Ten Inch Metal Yellow Frog
    then something for the kitchen

    the two wall art would be for my childrens bedroom i think they are lovely and colour ful and the kids would love em

  117. Caroline H on Fri, 3rd Jan 2014 10:52 am 

    I love the two pocket hanging by Asylkan Tukuyeva. Really unique and uplifting.

  118. Jenni Tulip on Fri, 3rd Jan 2014 12:30 pm 

    I would love the handmade felt fox or reindeer!

    Jenni x

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  119. Hellie's Corner on Fri, 3rd Jan 2014 12:40 pm 

    So many lovely things but I do love the fairy wall decoration from stained glass by Norma Diaz Vilchis :-D

  120. kelly dove on Fri, 3rd Jan 2014 1:06 pm 

    http://globein.com/item/san-antonio-scarf-burgundy
    this is lovely! it would deffo be my first purchase

  121. Irene Murdoch on Fri, 3rd Jan 2014 1:12 pm 

    I like -http://globein.com/item/elegant-silver-handmade-pendant-flowers-tajiksitan or http://globein.com/item/x-small-1-5-sq-ft-traditional-shyrdak-felt-rugs-kyrgyzstan-custom-made. The pendant is delicate and would look lovely on a dress I have and the rug looks cozy and colourful

  122. Diane Radford on Fri, 3rd Jan 2014 1:42 pm 

    I’m loving the Hand carved rolling-pin’s.

  123. Becky Shorting on Fri, 3rd Jan 2014 2:20 pm 

    i love this ring! http://globein.com/item/unique-designer-silver-ring-tajikistan-2

  124. barbara s on Fri, 3rd Jan 2014 2:54 pm 

    I like the dove pot

  125. Tammy Tudor on Fri, 3rd Jan 2014 3:26 pm 

    I love Handmade Crochet Bear Toy – pink

  126. Samantha Atherton on Fri, 3rd Jan 2014 3:47 pm 

    I’d really love the Steel Drum Art – 24 inch Tree of Life. My walls are pretty bare because I’m so fussy bout what goes up on them, I’m always looking for something unique that fits in with my style and will always have a place on our walls. Unfortunately I don’t have the budget to match up to these standards, If I won this voucher, I’d definitely be giving one of these a new home.

  127. HAZEL on Fri, 3rd Jan 2014 4:32 pm 

    would love this for my litle one x http://globein.com/item/hand-knitted-sweatshirt-hood-sky-blue

  128. Charlotte Geoghegan on Fri, 3rd Jan 2014 4:39 pm 

    Hand knitted clothes and ceramic items :)

  129. zoe d on Fri, 3rd Jan 2014 5:48 pm 

    Excellent blog, these look very interesting

  130. Laura Oxley on Fri, 3rd Jan 2014 6:01 pm 

    I would buy a selection of the handmade toys to give my children something different and interesting to learn from.

  131. Erica C. on Fri, 3rd Jan 2014 6:17 pm 

    I like the baby hand knitted sweatshirt with hood in blue.

  132. liz l on Fri, 3rd Jan 2014 6:42 pm 

    I like the Two Cube Coral Bloodstone Silver Wrap Ring

  133. Brandy B. on Fri, 3rd Jan 2014 7:02 pm 

    Handmade Crochet Bear Toy – purple for my sister-in-law. She collects bears and I think this would make an awesome addition to her collection

  134. beth shepherd on Fri, 3rd Jan 2014 7:17 pm 

    Pink and lime green Vintage Huipil Dress Handwoven rarity – very pretty.

  135. Laura Vitty on Fri, 3rd Jan 2014 8:24 pm 

    I’d like to buy some new jewellery, I especially love the Smooth Silver Earrings with gems from Tajikistan

  136. Susan Hoggett on Fri, 3rd Jan 2014 9:35 pm 

    lve rhe dove pot

  137. Susan Carter on Fri, 3rd Jan 2014 10:02 pm 

    With $150 to spend I would choose the Oversized piped Otomi Sham made out of a nice raw linen. With $50 I would choose the Handmade woven tote bag– Black Wool.

  138. Kathryn Tatters on Fri, 3rd Jan 2014 10:34 pm 

    ooo so many nice things, i like some of the slippers :-)

  139. taja mckenzie on Fri, 3rd Jan 2014 10:43 pm 

    Handmade Crochet Bear Toy

  140. Jackee on Fri, 3rd Jan 2014 11:20 pm 

    I’d love to buy the Traditional Wool Felt Rug Shyrdak from Kyrgyzstan.

  141. Sky Sparkle on Fri, 3rd Jan 2014 11:37 pm 

    I want Fairy wall decoration from stained glass!

  142. rosena t on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 1:39 am 

    I love the Steel Drum Art – 24 inch Tree of Life. I know just where I’d put it!

  143. Natalie Crossan on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 1:50 am 

    the hand carved rolling pin :D

  144. AmyBond on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 2:37 am 

    The Handmade Paintings in Wool are beautiful, love the “Swans”.

  145. e michelle on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 5:15 am 

    i would love to get two of the handmade hats for my niece and nephew! they moved from fla to co and they need something warm and durable to keep from getting cold

  146. Dawn Canning on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 6:45 am 

    I would love to win the handmade felt fox toy-it’s lovely.

  147. KAREN TAYLOR on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 7:03 am 

    I would love the Stained glass fairy decoration : )It’s sooo pretty!

  148. kristin sims on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 7:20 am 

    i would get the Fairy wall decoration from stained glass if i won, these items are so unique, thank you

  149. Sue Warr on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 7:55 am 

    Blue Suns Handmade Earrings or the unique design silver ring – both from Tajikistan…..as I entertained their government ministers on a fact finding mission about my project the year before last! I have a beautiful ‘rock and sand picture hanging on my wall as a thank you gift from that visit! The jewellery is beautiful

  150. Jill Fairbank on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 8:16 am 

    The slippers I didn’t get any from santa first thing I would buy :)

  151. Gerri Tennant on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 8:38 am 

    http://globein.com/item/fairy-wall-decoration-stained-glass
    This decoration is so pretty. I am lucky that my son is in the Royal Marines and visits lots of countries including Kyrgystan. He brings lots of interesting persents home but nothing this pretty.

  152. Phyllis Ellett on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 9:10 am 

    Like the Hand Carved Violin Miniature with case — Granadillo Wood

  153. debbie abbott on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 9:48 am 

    http://globein.com/item/hand-knitted-sweatshirt-hood-sky-blue

    Love this blue hoody for my daughter

  154. Alexandra Maniatis on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 12:04 pm 

    I really like the hand knitted sweatshirt for my son. He used to have a load of hand knitted jumpers and they were so soft and nice on his skin. This is what I would spend the vouchers on if I won.

  155. denise s on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 12:07 pm 

    Handmade Suede Ladies Evening Handbag – black need a lovely bag to go out with.

  156. Amy Beckett on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 12:37 pm 

    Love the website – some really interesting pieces

    I would buy mu grandma this brooch Home
    Silver Hummingbird Pin – Silver Abalone and Mother of Pearl.

  157. David Price on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 12:58 pm 

    i like;
    Handmade Red Pillow Case – “The Sunman” from Kyrgyzstan

  158. shelagh milne on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 1:13 pm 

    So many beautiful things but would love the hand decorated vase white and tall.

  159. Isabelle Smith on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 1:35 pm 

    the dove ceramic pot; think its really pretty :)

  160. Erica field on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 2:09 pm 

    I love interesting jewellery so Id go for the handcrafted jewellery x

  161. Jacqueline Roberts on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 2:19 pm 

    The Tilda dolls are so nice, thanks for introducing me to this site.

  162. Ronni Astroff on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 2:31 pm 

    Slippers for me! I live in them and so cute too!

  163. stephanie campbell on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 2:37 pm 

    Hand knitted sweatshirt with a hood in sky blue

  164. Lucy Mayer on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 2:57 pm 

    I love the Silk and Felt scarf (Blue with Tassels) from Kyrgyzstan.. and if I was lucky enough to win first prize, I’d get the Steel Drum Art – 24 inch Tree of Life too!

  165. Linda Streater on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 3:12 pm 

    I would love a set of Russian Nesting Dolls, The set I had previously fascinated my Grandchildren. They eventually got stepped on and broke. So a new set would be lovely and the Grandchildren will be only allowed to admire from a distance :)

  166. Louise Hutchings on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 3:14 pm 

    “Carved Rolling Pin- My Birds” Lovely xx

  167. emma falvi on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 3:31 pm 

    Hand carved rolling-pin “My fruits” this is my favorite

  168. Emily OMara on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 3:52 pm 

    I like the Original Handmade Poppy Hairband, so pretty

  169. Janice Crespo on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 3:53 pm 

    I love the Handmade backgammon with encrustation – big – backgammon is such a great game and this board is absolutely stunning!

  170. Yasmin J on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 4:08 pm 

    I’d love the Handmade Set for Kebab– my mum is a cook, and she does all kinds of international foods (she learnt how to cook from my dad who was Pakistani). I just love how traditional it looks, it’d go great in her kitchen!

  171. Vera Bahounkova on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 4:37 pm 

    Handmade ceramic oriental Lamp, I love handmade ones!

  172. Joanne Welsh on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 5:00 pm 

    Alpaca Wool Loom-Woven Shaw

  173. E Ofield on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 5:00 pm 

    This site is brilliant. I love buying handmade things, particularly when it means supporting people in developing countries.

    If I won the first prize, I think I’d purchase one of Ekaterina Kosyakova’s 8 image rolling pins – I want one of those whether I win or not! I also love the Matryoshka 7 sisters.

    If I won the second prize, I’d buy a reversible little red riding hood doll.

  174. Karen HIll on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 5:20 pm 

    The handcrafted leather briefcase is stunning as is the white handcrafted vase.

  175. Jill Garratt on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 5:35 pm 

    I would choose the Maasai sandals – lovely!

  176. Alice Hindley on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 5:35 pm 

    I would love a Handmade Crochet Bear because they look cuddly and cute

  177. Andrew Fearon on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 5:36 pm 

    Love the pottery of Valeriu Bouros as it is refreshing differant and has a ‘lightness’ to it, would love to own some of it to enjoy.

  178. Janine Atkin on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 5:39 pm 

    id love this pen pot http://globein.com/item/hand-painted-pencil-box-jocker-point-point-style

    im a bit of a stationary geek and would love it!

  179. lowri earith on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 5:50 pm 

    i love the handmade-shyrdak-felt-rug-kyrgyzstan- in brown

  180. Allan Fullarton on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 6:21 pm 

    Hand crafted briefcase.

  181. Sheri Darby on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 7:09 pm 

    The sugar bowl teapot and maybe some other items from by Hohloma Painting

  182. Sarah Parker on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 7:17 pm 

    blue flower bag :)

  183. Erica Price on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 7:18 pm 

    I love the colours on Suzani ecorative tribal textile
    Erica Price´s last blog post ..The First Week of the Year

  184. alexandra okcu on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 8:25 pm 

    love the slippers

  185. Christina Jarrett on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 8:27 pm 

    I really love this bag :) xx http://globein.com/item/handwoven-drawstring-tote-bag-striped

  186. sam swain on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 9:24 pm 

    I would love the Round Pouf in mint green and cherry Oilcloth as it would look great in my daughters bedroom.

  187. Georgia Keogh on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 9:40 pm 

    I would get these slippers- http://globein.com/item/handmade-embroidered-white-felt-slippers-kyrgyzstan-custom-size

    :)

  188. Mia Jade Fergusson on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 10:19 pm 

    http://globein.com/item/pouch-printed-leather-100percent-handmade i LOVE this bag !

  189. ionut leonard taranu on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 10:20 pm 

    I would buy the Handmade Gobelin –

  190. Paul Williams on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 10:25 pm 

    http://globein.com/item/handmade-decorative-vase-clay-black

  191. Angela W on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 10:26 pm 

    I would get the Green amethyst pendant

  192. Joanna Sawka on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 10:27 pm 

    some clay pottery for my kitchen

  193. champaklal lad on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 10:27 pm 

    Hancrafted Decorative Vase – White – great craftmanship

  194. Lindy Hine on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 11:14 pm 

    I love this – so pretty! http://globein.com/item/fairy-wall-decoration-stained-glass

  195. Katie Walden Hall on Sat, 4th Jan 2014 11:34 pm 

    http://globein.com/item/hand-painted-passport-cover-india

  196. 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 http://globein.com/item/handwoven-bag-green-brown-stripes

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

    I would like to buy this http://globein.com/item/handmade-small-wooden-box. It would look lovely in my house and I have so many uses for it.

  198. 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 -

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

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

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

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

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

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

  202. 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

  203. 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

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

    The Handmade Birch Bark Toy Railway engine for my grandson

  205. 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.

  206. 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!

  207. 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

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

    I would love to have the handmade felt slippers.

  209. 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.

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

    I love the felt mats and the hand smocked baby dresses

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

    I would buy silver rings made by D. Sharipov.

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

    Hand knitted sweatshirt

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

    I love this Black Clay Pottery for Kitchen

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

    I would love to get this for my partner:

    http://globein.com/item/moldavian-traditional-embroidered-white-blouse-yellow-pattern-100percent-cotton

  215. 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

  216. 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

  217. 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 :-)

  218. 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

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

    http://globein.com/item/gift-him-handcrafted-leather-briefcase

    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!

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

    I’m loving the Felt Sandal “Slippers” :)

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

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

  222. 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 :)

    http://globein.com/item/jade-bracelet-minerals

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

    Love the felt slippers!

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

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

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

    I would pick the hand knitted kids sweaters

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

    large set of Russian dolls, my wife loves them

  227. 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!

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

    This red and black blouse from Mexico http://globein.com/item/hand-embroidered-mazateca-rayon-blouse

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

    I love this :) http://globein.com/item/blue-san-juan-3-zip-bag

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

    Would love to win, amazing travels!!

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

    http://globein.com/item/two-cube-malachite-turquoise-wrap-ring#

    this is gorgeous – love the colours xx

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

    I would love the slippers!

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

    Handcrafted Decorative Vase

  234. 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.

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

    Possibly the hand painted wooden plates!

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

    I like the Russian folk dolls

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

    Hand knitted short poncho with open collar

  238. 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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