Shirdak products online

funky accessories like woollen scarves, felted hats and awesome embroideried boots

funky accessories like woollen scarves, felted hats and cute felted dolls

This blog is a promise. I promise to restyle my online shop this coming weekend. Continue reading

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Exhibition Dagmar Binder at Shirdak

New serie 3D work by Dagmar Binder at Shirdak

Her new series of 3D wall hangings is called Familiar Strangers

For Autumn, we, at Shirdak have some really nice exhibitions in our planning.

From Saturday October 6th until Saturday December 8th 2012 our artist in residence Dagmar Binder presents  her new serie of 3 dimensional structural wall hangings and felt objects with the title:

“Familiar Strangers”

Dagmar Binder: Combining painting with colored fibers, seamless 3D felting and other textile techniques, I’m exploring the expressive and sculptural potential of felt.

Fibers under tension naturally tend to take organic shapes, reflecting details of nature but develop their very particular physical presence in space and light. I see them mostly as poetic installations.


For years we sell Dagmar Binder’s beautiful scarves and hats .Her great felting technic, sense of color and new shapes are always a surprise and brings you back into memories of nature.

Exhibition Dagmar Binder at Shirdak Autumn 2012

Detail Familiar Strangers, new work by Dagmar Binder


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Support hand made products

Hand made products from the tribal areas in Central asia

Handmade Tribal products from Central Asia

Since 2000 Shirdak has been totally in love with hand made products from traditional tribal areas, most of it in Central Asia. Continue reading

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Horse riding, it is just going!

Horse riding in Kyrgyzstan is like riding a bike in The Netherlands

Horse riding in Kyrgyzstan is like riding a bike in The Netherlands

As a child I wanted to learn horse riding but I never got further than the horse of the carousel in our amusement park. Continue reading

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A flash back of my trip in Kyrgyzstan

The best moment to go to the Burana tower is after 4:00 pm. The sun is getting down and the light is amazing soft.

The Burana tower is a large minaret in the Chuy valley in northern Kyrgyzstan. It is located about 80 km east of the country’s capital Bishkek, near the town of Tokmok. Continue reading

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Back home

Back home

back home for decorating the shop with the exhibition Tratteggi

Felt for Architecture’s new collection Tratteggi is absolutely fabulous

Back home , the shop was waiting for me, the program told me that we had to open an exhibition. Felt for Architecture designed a new collection called Tratteggi. Continue reading

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From Spring to Summer but first my trip to Central Asia

a felt carpet in along the road in Kyrgyzstan

a Shyrdak felt carpet in Kyrgyzstan


This year I was very early with my yearly travel in Central Asia. It was still cold in the mountains but everybody was happy to see me. Continue reading

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Tratteggi at Shirdak June 16th – August 18th 2012

felt wall hangings of Claudio Varone and Anneke Copier

Felt for Architecture

Also this year we have the pleasure to present the newest work of Felt for Architecture called Tratteggi. The research of Claudio Varone in collaboration with Anneke Copier continues to explore the ancient felt techniques with a personal and contemporary interpretation.

The collection Tratteggi gets its inspiration from the modern art and the nomadic craft. The concept of graphic lines of colors which comes back in all textiles shows a strong monumental, abstract, three-dimensional character.

Claudio Varone started his project Felt for Architecture in 2003. He creates a collection of carpets and three-dimensional wall hangings in felted wool, to “dress” spaces, walls, floors, to evoke, to protect and to tell a story.Colors and shapes originate mainly from the contemplation of the Mediterranean landscapes, a story of the everlasting memory and passion of the artist.All pieces are unique, made of wool, sometimes combined with cotton, silk and other natural fibers, using traditional techniques.The intention of the artist through this project is to introduce the art of felt within spaces, with all its tactile visual and acoustic features, and with the overwhelming power, magic and sacredness of the South.

Anneke Copier has been exploring her passion for felt for more than 27 years. In January 2000 she opened her own studio.She has developed her own innovative expression of the ancient Central Asian technique of felt making. She designs unique clothing which fits like  a second skin.Different kinds of wool in combination with other natural materials such as silk and flax give her creations a unique and special warmth.

Since the beginning of 2006 she works at Claudio Varone’s project Felt for Architecture.

Claudio Varone and Anneke Copier

New collection 'Tratteggi'

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The meaning of patterns in felt rugs


shyrdak with patterns of hospitality

Left: border with symbol of hospitality. and in the middle the sheeps's horn. Right: symbol of blessing

Next week, I am off to Kyrgyzstan again. Trying to find nice felt rugs, pillows and ottomans.  Continue reading

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Hungary and the link with Central Asia


hungarian crafts with Central asian design

Felt art from the hungarian hat millener Zsofia Marx

Once I traveled in Hungary, on a local market I was impressed by the crafts such as the leather, linen, ceramic and felt products. In the contemporary leather and felt arts the connection with Central Asia is often visible in the patterns that are used.

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