Felt Mat ("Namat") - Fair Trade

$ 32.99

Felt Mat ("Namat") - Fair Trade

  • Handmade felt from Merino wool, hand sewn designs, hand-quilted

  • Approximately 15 3/4" X 15 3/4"

  • Each felt mat is one-of-a-kind

  • Use as table or chair mat, cushion top

"These beautiful mats were produced during Armughon's Exchange VisitingTraining. Masters from Kyrgyzstan taught our women to make felt products. Here, typical Kyrgyz patterns were used in these mats. Like most traditional products, the pattern has its own meaning: flower – flourishing; round- sun; four corners- four directions.  The quality of the soft Merino wool from Kyrgystan makes these mats special."

 

Armughon Handicrafts is the handicrafts arm of the Zerafshan Tourism Development Association (ZTDA) in Panjakent, Tajikistan, just across the border from Samarkand. ("Armughon" means "gift, a reminder of a place" in Tajik.)   ZTDA works to preserve, nurture and develop local art traditions, while also improving the quality of life for women living in the Panjakenti rural areas by involving them in the local economy. ZTDA designer Munira Akilova (at left in photo) creates new products that incorporate traditional suzani (embroidery) and quroq (patchwork) techniques and traditional patterns and ornaments from the Zerafshan Valley. As she explains,  "Each piece has its own meaning, [and] a part of Zerafshan."  Several of her designs have received the UNESCO Award of Excellence for Craft.  Click here for more information about Armughon Handicrafts.

 

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