These green alligator ornaments are handcrafted from locally sourced sheep's wool in Kyrgyzstan. A masterful women's cooperative lovingly hand..." />
These green alligator ornaments are handcrafted from locally sourced sheep's wool in Kyrgyzstan. A masterful women's cooperative lovingly hand cuts, dyes and puts together each ornament.
Each ornament is crafted to be an abstract of its living image, in respect to the taboo of replicating images found in nature.
Dimensions: 7.5" l x 3" w x 2" h
Silkroad Bazaar works directly with a women-run cooperative in Kyrgyzstan to provide a stable salary to marginalized women living in rural villages with limited market access. This cooperative not only supports the beautiful handiwork of these women, keeping traditional cultural crafts alive, but it also stands as a center of sharing and exchange as one of but a few places where women can gather, discuss and enjoy being in an all-female space. They employ up to 80 women during peak season.
The company's dedicated team lives amongst their artisan groups for an extended period of time, helping them become self-sustainable by developing their designs, management techniques, quality control and computer skills.
Silkroad Bazaar supports Friends of Kyrgyzstan, a nonprofit dedicated to implementing projects across Kyrgyzstan that improve infrastructure, support continual learning in areas related to culture, country and development, and host trainings for Kyrgyz people across various mediums and trades.