In Kyrgyzstan, impoverished people are often unable to find jobs due a corrupt system of bribery that they must go through in order to be hired.
That is why Silk Road Bazaar searches for talented but economically marginalized artisans in Karakol, and provides them with professional training so that their products can compete in the global market.
Global sales and an increased income help artisans escape poverty. The artisans, who are predominately women, create their products using felt, which is historically and culturally important to the Kyrgyz people: their clothing, rugs, and sometimes even houses are all made from the same wool felt that is used for creating their products.
Felt ornament, Approximately 4 Inches.