Welcome to Shirdak Shop Online...
We operate on a fair trade basis, sourcing our beautiful felts and traditional textiles directly from the nomadic tribes of Central Asia. Each item we sell is handmade, traditionally produced and locally sourced.
The vast majority of our felt products is made by women who come from the nomadic tribes of Kyrgyzstan and other ex USSR countries. Organised in co-operatives, these women are now able to apply the ancient skills of traditional felt making, handed down for centuries from mother to daughter, to produce beautiful handmade felt articles for sale in the West. In return, they earn a decent and regular income with which they can support their families.
Our online collection includes felt hats, hand embroidered boots, felt rugs, wall-hangings, cushion covers, cosy felt slippers and beautiful felt ornaments. Kyrgyz felt and Shyrdak rugs are a particular speciality.
Our artisan felts and textiles are of the highest quality. Each of our handmade felt products is unique and has its own story. Embedded in each little ornamental animal or pair of felted slippers is the ancient tradition of felt making as practiced by the nomadic tribes of Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia. Our felt and felt products are environmentally friendly as everything is made by hand using natural materials and dyes.
We have beautiful handmade additions for your wardrobe under Nomad Fashion, for your home under Nomad Lifestyle, and you will find our ethnic fabrics, Islamic Textiles and Shyrdaks under Tribal Textiles and Rugs. Enjoy your visit!