FELT NATIVITY FROM KYRGYZSTAN

$85.00

Only 1 left in stock

This unique nativity scene is hand made in Kyrgyzstan and includes 6 individually crafted figures; Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, an angel, a sheep and star to create a magical Christmas scene. The set comes with a fabric bag, and all figures fit inside for easy storage. The tallest figure is five and a half inches (14 cm.).

These whimsical figures are handmade in Kyrgyzstan out of felt, a thick fabric produced by application of heat, water, and pressure for the meshing together of wool fibers. The women dye the felt pieces and then cut, and shape them into animals and dolls. Their specialty is making the faces which are embellished with silk and wool embroidery and beads. They use yarn hair to make the hair. The intricately dressed figures represent daily life and customs in rural Kyrgyzstan.