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Felt Dolls from Kyrgyzstan

  

Lovely little felt characters, hand-made in the traditional way by women in Kyrgyzstan. 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 where they came from.

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 just one Chinese leather shadow puppet and a whole set of original leather shadow puppets from Turkey which we will only sell as a complete set.


 

Photo of our Sasha - felt doll with bundle and child
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Sasha - felt doll with bundle and child

A stunning new addition to our growing village of Kyrgyz felt characters. Sasha wears a hand embroidered waistcoat and carries a bundle on her head. In her other arm she cuddles her toddler. Height: 27 cms. (10.5 inches)

FD0 – Felt Dolls and some Puppets: Sasha - felt doll with bundle and child
£28.50 each Buy
Photo of our Marva - felt doll with newborn babe
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Marva - felt doll with newborn babe

Marva is another new addition to the village, and how excited we were to see her! She tenderley holds her wrapped up newborn babe. She wears a long waistcoat with hand stitiched edging. Height: 19 cms (7.5 inches)

FD7 – Felt Dolls and some Puppets: Marva - felt doll with newborn babe
£25.00 each Buy
Photo of our Natalya (tall felt doll)
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Natalya (tall felt doll)

Natalya is a beautiful tall lady with an embroidered waistcoat and head band and a full traditional head dress.

Height: 24 cms (9.5 inches)

FD3 – Felt Dolls and some Puppets: Natalya (tall felt doll)
£28.50 each Buy
Photo of our Mirkul (felt doll with baby in her arms)
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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. Height: 19 cms (7.5 inches)

FD02 – Felt Dolls and some Puppets: Mirkul (felt doll with baby in her arms)
£25.00 each Buy
Photo of our Tatyana (felt doll with her baby on her back)
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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 under her head scarf. Height: 19 cms (7.5 inches)
 

FD1 – Felt Dolls and some Puppets: Tatyana (felt doll with her baby on her back)
£25.00 each Buy
Photo of our Yuliya (felt doll with toddler at her side)
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Yuliya (felt doll with toddler at her side)

Yuliya has her little boy with his cute blue hat next to her. She has a totally individual very kindly expression as each doll is hand sewn. Height: 19 cms. (7.5 inches)

 

FD2 – Felt Dolls and some Puppets: Yuliya (felt doll with toddler at her side)
£25.00 each Buy
Photo of our Dinara (felt-maker doll)
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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. Height 19 cms (7.5 inches)

FD01 – Felt Dolls and some Puppets: Dinara (felt-maker doll)
£25.00 each Buy
Photo of our Jamilya (felt Baboushka doll)

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 18 cms (7 inches) tall

FD8 – Felt Dolls and some Puppets: Jamilya (felt Baboushka doll)
£24.50 each Buy
Photo of our Usen (felt man)

Usen (felt man)

Usen stands tall in his long felted coat with collar and green cosy traditional hat.

Height: approx 22 cms (8.5 inches) tall

FD4 – Felt Dolls and some Puppets: Usen (felt man)
£26.00 each Buy
Photo of our Josef (felt shepherd with his lamb)
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Josef (felt shepherd with his lamb)

Josef stands tall in his long brown coat with collar and traditional "akalpak" white felt hat. He holds a small white lamb.

Height 24 cms (9 inches).

FD5 – Felt Dolls and some Puppets: Josef (felt shepherd with his lamb)
£28.50 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 approx. 11.5 cms (4.5 inches) tall. 

FD6 – Felt Dolls and some Puppets: Grandma and Grandpa
£38.00 per pair 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
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:

  1. Karagoz
  2. Hacivat
  3. Karagoz trapped in an earthenware pot
  4. Hacivat  with the body of a goat
  5. Karagoz with the body of a donkey
  6. Hacivat and Karagoz in a rowing boat
  7. a male and a female dancer
  8. a male musician playing a saz
  9. a female musician playing a guitar
  10. Husmen the wrestler
  11. Rumeli the dwarf
  12. a pasha or rich man
  13. an opium smoker
  14. a naked witch riding on a dragon
  15. a gypsy fortune teller
  16. a lady with umbrella and veil
  17. a woman with tulip (Karagoz's wife)
  18. a market seller with paniers
  19. a fruit seller with basket
  20. a woodcutter with axe
  21. a janissary or soldier
  22. a night watchman with his lantern
  23. a fish seller with 3 fish
  24. a camel and an owl
  25. a snake and a small dragon
  26. 3 elephants - one very large and two small
  27. 2 scenery pieces - a traditional house and a lemon tree in a pot

 

PUP1 – Felt Dolls and some Puppets: Set of 33 Turkish shadow puppets
£750.00 per set Buy

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