Mushroom Gnome Ornament
With his bright orange overalls, cute button nose and perfect white beard – this happy fellow is one you’d like to meet among the mushrooms and the moss. Handmade using ancient felting techniques and hand-spun threads. Each ornament is crafted by women artisans that started their own small businesses when Kyrgyzstan gained its independence after the fall of the Soviet Union made employment for women extremely difficult. Their new businesses now employ many local women while preserving their ancient traditions and skills.
Details + Dimensions
blended merino 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.