Aidai, Secular Felt

Aidai produces in Bichkek, Kyrgyzstan, offering artisanal felting designed by Aidai Asangulova and according to the age-old practices of Kyrgyz nomads. These works are the result of the fusion of silk and muslin weavings, generally from Uzbekistan, with wool fibers via manual felting techniques. Some pieces have also been embellished with wool and pearl embroidery.
Aidai #15 copy
Aidai has worked with felt since childhood, and as an expert and teacher she possesses a thorough knowledge of traditional Central Asian textile work. Her grandmother excelled in the production of Shyrdaks, appliqué felt carpets, while her father was a felt yurt-maker whose work was used by Kyrgyz sheperds in the high mountain pastures during summer months.
Aidai #19 copy
A product of the first generation of artists who emigrated following the Soviet Era (during which regional customs were strongly repressed), Aidai is now determined to contribute to the preservation and growth of the textile traditions of her people, and has dedicated herself to the creative adaptation of these traditions to the contemporary world.
From February 16-18, 2016, Aidai participates in Maison d’Exceptions, the space at Première Vision dedicated to haute création.
Photo Credits: Aidai