Melville's Whale Ornament

$ 20.00

Our Melville’s Whale wants to take you on some adventures! He’s ready to dive deep and set-off for distant lands. Join him for a voyage and you’re bound to uncover some fascinating isles! Handmade in Kyrgyzstan in studios founded and run by women artisans working to support their communities and preserve their felting traditions.

Details + Dimensions

4" x 3.5"

merino blended wool

Meet the Maker

What started with an adventure, and led to partnership and collaboration with amazing women artisans in Kyrgyzstan. After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, Kyrgyzstan became an independent country – and was reeling from economic hardship. Many women were unemployed and making ends meet was a daily challenge. Some exceptional entrepreneurs decided to solve their problems creatively – and use their ancient felting skills to start small craft businesses. These new businesses were not only able to employ many local women but also preserve ancient craft traditions and skills.  Working with 12 different workshops in Northern Kyrgyzstan started by amazing women help them further expand their markets, grow, and support their communities.

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