When driving through or staying in Kochkor village, I highly recommend you to visit the Fatima’s house. Officially it is called the Cooperation of Women, but everybody knows Fatima house, who currently runs it. We advise you to include her workshop during your tour in Kyrgyzstan. You can drive there by car with a driver or take a car for rent without driver.
The history of Kyrgyz handicraft goes back to ancient times when Kyrgyz people were nomads. From practical point of view everything must have been light, useful, and economic. Most handicraft work was made of felt, a dense material of lamb wool, which was ready to hand due to nomads were engaged in cattle breeding.
Felt is the major material covering yurts from outside. Felt carpets made in different techniques and decorations were of wide use, and even nowadays they did not lose it topicality. From felt, it is possible to make clothes, headwear, bags, accessories, and even toys. Each region in Kyrgyzstan has its own characteristic artistic techniques in felt product. Today, the interest in traditional crafts is highly supported by tourist activities, such as felt festivals where guests are entertained by a collective installation of a yurt, master classes of felt making, creating patterns, and visiting exhibitions and sales. You can take a car for rent in Kyrgyzstan and drive to Kochkor to see it.
At Fatima’s house it is possible to see a master class of felt production by hand. Guests learn the whole process, and even can participate and make a carpet with their own patterns. This family has a small handicraft museum with many examples of silver decorations, coats made of wolves, horse saddle decorations, carpets and other ancient handicraft samples. You can try on national costumes made of wolf and fox furs and make great photos.
To learn more about handicraft, simply visit Women’s Cooperation in Kochkor and enjoy your time. We try to include this place in the tours because it a great chance to find out more about handicraft.