Bishek, Kyrgyn Republic (Kyrgyzstan)
42" x 30"
Wool, silk, felt
MSU Museum Accession 2013:48.2
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reserved by MSU
Aidai Chochunbaeva grew up in a family of felt makers. As a teenager, she helped her father make yurts and was responsible for their decoration. While studying at the Kyrgyz State University, she developed her own unique technique for fusing wool, felt, and silk. After she graduated she worked for several art studios, but eventually developed her own brand, that utilizes her seamless rolled technique. She now runs her own studio and is the founder of a women's handicraft cooperative in her native village that has 30 members and operates as a small business. The women work together to create felted and silk textiles that are distinct with unique patterns and designs. She is also involved in training programs, traveling around the country teaching felt techniques and collecting information about folk art traditions in different regions.