Shirdak at Asia House Fair in London

Shirdak in London
Shirdak at the Asia House Fair in London

On this fair we will present the Kyrgyz arts and crafts, like the hand made felt carpets, the so called Shyrdak/Shirdak. We also bring nice and cozy pillows and slippers. And a selection of our tribal textiles from Central Asia and from the Chinese Miao tribes.

On all our fairs the beautiful felted birds are never missing.

Come over to London 12-14 april 2013 and visit us.

The fair takes place at Asia House on 63 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP.


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.

Read more Hungary and the link with Central Asia

Never a dull moment at Shirdak in 2011

mayer-peace -collection
Exhibition 2011 Christine Mayer and the tribal textiles day May 19th 2011

Looking back on an exciting Shirdak year full of success and surprises.

In 2011 we started with the exhibition of the Christine Mayer Peace collection. With a beautiful article in the magazine Selvedge we were happy to have this new brand in our shop. Read more Never a dull moment at Shirdak in 2011

OYA, the new necklace


On the second day on the fair Meesterlijk, it appears to me that the oya necklace is a favourite item to buy. Therefore I will tell you something of its background.

Oya or turkisch lace is in various forms and motifs, has different names depending on the means employed: needle, crochet hook, shuttle, to name just a few. It is a product of the deep-rooted Anatolian culture with no exact equivalent in other languages, oya edging not only adorns women’s headscarves today, it is also used as an accessory in modern design.

Traditionally, the headdresses and scarves women wore on their heads, the printed cloths, and prayer and funeral head coverings were decorated with various kinds of oya, which was also used on undergarments, to adorn outer garments, around the edges of towels and napkins and as a decorative element in many other places

Young maidens, new brides, and young women traditionally conveyed their loves, whether hopeful or hopeless, their expectations, their good tidings, their happiness and unhappiness, their resentment and their incompatibility with their husbands to those around them through the oya they wore.

A new bride who has a disagreeable relationship with her husband chose ‘pepper spice’ oya for her head, as if to say ‘my marriage was unhappy from the start’. But if she bound red pepper oya around her head, this was a sign that her relationship with her husband was as spicy as red hot pepper.

The oya we sell in the necklaces is needle work alternate with stones like amethyst and lapis lazuli.