Nurjamal took me on a mini tour of Bishkek to meet some of her designer and artisan friends - Kyrgyzstan really is a country brimming with talent.
First stop was the National Art Gallery, we were taken in through the backdoor as it's currently closed for restoration, and treated to a private viewing of embroidery. These intricate pieces combine antique sections of embroidery seamlessly combined with the new work.
They also make embroidered silk collars, how great would this look with a LBD?!
We then went on to discover a designer who makes Chapan coats, like our scarves they are a modern twist on a traditional textile. The perfect Spring jacket - don't you think?
Now, when I was told we were going to see a leather artist I couldn't imagine what it entailed, but what we found was true craftsmanship.
But I think it's the abstract pieces that really stole the show!
The final stop for the day was to see felt toys, this little family is coming home with me!
I may too be this round if my Kyrgyz feasts for breakfast, lunch and dinner continue! I'll tell you about my great Day 2 dinner later...
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