In 1999 I travelled for the first time to Central Asia. I ended up in Peshawar, Pakistan a walhalla of textiles these days. Loaded with swat dresses, ikat coats and afghan embroideries I came home.
In the same year I found a bright colored felt rug, big patterns, soft wool, a beauty with a surprisingly modern look, kyrgyz it appears to be.
The next year I found myself in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan, selecting the felt rugs from the local makers, hand made, fair trade, not always commercial but its the only way I can work.
Textiles, specially hand made textiles from tribal areas like Central Asia, touch me deeply. I feel, smell, hear the stories its telling. I dream about it.
With these experiences I started Shirdak, gallery in central Asian textiles, nowadays a world of color and showing slow designed textiles honoring the nomad culture.
You can visit us to be inspired, to have a good time , to find that one and only item you did not know it was here for you. buy presents, take the stories home, see the beauty of hand made products.
We are happy to help you, to give you an honest advice about the fashion but also advice how to use the textiles in your home.