We went wild over adorable handmade felt booties and we're sure your children will love them too! Carefully handcrafted by marginalized artist groups located in rural areas of Kyrgyzstan, each design features hand-stitched detailing and is made using traditional Kyrgyz felting techniques.
Material: 100% felted wool
Size: 0-12 months
The Story: Silk Road Bazaar, a member of the Fair Trade Federation, represents marginalized artist groups located in Central Asia. They connect with artists who have carried on traditional craft culture, however are far from the capitals and have limited market access.
Following the proverb, ‘the best way to know a man is to walk a thousand miles in his shoes’ the founders of the Silk Road Bazaar live amongst their artist groups for extended periods of time, helping their artisans become self-sustainable by developing their designs, management techniques, quality control and computer skills. The lead Kyrgyz designer, Gulnara Kyrdyrmyshova, has been working with her women artisans since 1996. At that time many artists faced unemployment and required a place to express their talents. Kydyrmyshova recognized this and quickly organized “Kork, Fiber Art Group” to provide local artists with an outlet to sell their works. “Kork, Fiber Art Group” has helped to sustain interest in the arts, provide artists with employment, and kept the historically and culturally important Kyrgyz tradition of felting alive during times of severe poverty and economic depression. Kyrdyrmyshova and her associated artists have a deep interest in the encouragement and integration of traditional Kyrgyz design and patterns in their artwork as well as educating people about their history of felt.