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Felt Dolls from Kyrgyzstan

 

Lovely hand-made in the traditional way by the women from Bishkek. We first came across these felt dolls in The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul in the shop of a Kazak friend of ours. We bought 12, sold them immediately and asked him to send us more. We assumed they came from Kazakstan, but people more knowledgeable than us told us they were Kyrgyz. So when we realised that we would be going through Kyrgyzstan on our "Great Cross Asia Textile Journey" we decided to find them.

It took a long time to track them down to one small workshop in the capital, Bishkek. The workshop had originally been set up with the help of a UNESCO grant to give some work to women who had traditional felt making skills. Now it stands alone as a great little business and we continue to sell their lovely individually made felt ladies (and the occasional man!)

We also have a small selection of shadow puppets and wooden rod puppets from Java in the shop, and a whole set of original leather shadow puppets from Turkey.


 

Photo of our Mirkul (felt doll with baby in her arms)

Mirkul (felt doll with baby in her arms)

Mirkul is named after the young woman in Bishkek who sends our lovely felt dolls to us. Mirkul carries her young child in her arms
FD02 – Felt Dolls and some Puppets: Mirkul (felt doll with baby in her arms)
£21.50 each Buy
Photo of our Tatyana (felt doll with her baby on her back)

Tatyana (felt doll with her baby on her back)

Tatyana carries her little baby on her back. Like the other young women, she has two long plaits.
FD1 – Felt Dolls and some Puppets: Tatyana (felt doll with her baby on her back)
£21.50 each Buy
Photo of our Yuliya (felt doll with toddler)

Yuliya (felt doll with toddler)

Yuliya has her little boy next to her. She has a totally individual very kindly expression as each doll is hand sewn.
FD2 – Felt Dolls and some Puppets: Yuliya (felt doll with toddler)
£21.50 each Buy
Photo of our Dinara (felt-maker doll)

Dinara (felt-maker doll)

Dinara is named after our friend who runs the "Altyn Kol" women's felt making co-operative in Kochkor, Kyrgyzstan. Dinara carries her felt rug (called a "shyrdak") with her. Thick felt rugs like these are used to keep the floor and walls of the house or yurt cosy during the cold winter months.
FD01 – Felt Dolls and some Puppets: Dinara (felt-maker doll)
£21.50 each Buy
Photo of our Lola Felt Doll
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Lola Felt Doll

Lola is a young girl with two long plaits, a hand stitched waistcoat and a fur trimmed hat. She stands 7 inches (18 cms.) tall
FD03 – Felt Dolls and some Puppets: Lola Felt Doll
£20.50 each Buy
Photo of our Jamilya (felt Baboushka doll)
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Jamilya (felt Baboushka doll)

Jamilya is our very sweet Babouskha (grandma) of the family. She wears a traditional head dress and ikat design felt dress and has two long plaits. She stands approx 16 cms tall
FD8 – Felt Dolls and some Puppets: Jamilya (felt Baboushka doll)
£21.50 each Buy
Photo of our Usen (felt man)

Usen (felt man)

Usen stands tall amongst the women in his long felted coat and cosy traditional hat. He stands 21.5 cm tall.
FD4 – Felt Dolls and some Puppets: Usen (felt man)
£21.95 each Buy
Photo of our Natalya

Natalya

Natalya is a beautiful tall lady with an embroidered waistcoat and full felt head dress. She is taller than the other dolls, but the same size as her husband Usen at 22 cms.
FD3 – Felt Dolls and some Puppets: Natalya
£23.95 each Buy
Photo of our Grandma and Grandpa

Grandma and Grandpa

The little, round grandma of the family and her little, round husband who wears the "alkalpak" white hat - the traditional headgear of Kyrgyz men. The pair stand 10 cm tall.
FD6 – Felt Dolls and some Puppets: Grandma and Grandpa
£32.50 per pair Buy
Photo of our Set of 33 Turkish shadow puppets

Set of 33 Turkish shadow puppets

A set of 33 genuine leather shadow puppets from Istanbul, Turkey used to perform the Hacivat and Karagoz stories. The figures are all around 28 cms tall and all come with a stick which will go into the reinforced leather hole and hold them against a screen The set consists of: Karagoz Hacivat Karagoz trapped in an earthenware pot Hacivat with the body of a goat Karagoz with the body of a donkey Hacivat and Karagoz in a rowing boat a male and a female dancer a male musician playing a saz a female musician playing a guitar Husmen the wrestler Rumeli the dwarf a pasha or rich man an opium smoker a naked witch riding on a dragon a gypsy fortune teller a lady with umbrella and veil a woman with tulip (Karagoz's wife) a market seller with paniers a fruit seller with basket a woodcutter with axe a janissary or soldier a night watchman with his lantern a fish seller with 3 fish a camel and an owl a snake and a small dragon 3 elephants - one very large and two small 2 scenery pieces - a traditional house and a lem
PUP1 – Felt Dolls and some Puppets: Set of 33 Turkish shadow puppets
£750.00 each Buy
Photo of our Chinese shadow puppet (male)

Chinese shadow puppet (male)

A beautiful example of a traditional Chinese shadow puppet. Made from extremely finely carved painted leather.From Chengdu in Sichuan Province, China, an important cultural centre for traditional Han Chinese opera and puppetry. The character is a high born Mandarin scholar Size approx. 32 x 10 cms.
P07 – Felt Dolls and some Puppets: Chinese shadow puppet (male)
£37.50 each Buy

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