Brown Bear Ornamnet
This happy brown bear can be found walking around our winter neighborhood playing in the park and selling roasted chestnuts. Handmade in Kyrgyzstan in studios founded and run by women artisans working to support their communities and preserve their felting traditions.
Details + Dimensions
2.5" x 2"
Meet the Maker
What started with an adventure 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 with amazing women who started these small businesses – to help them further expand their markets, grow, and support their communities.