Sietze Kalkwijk
Wednesday

Today we will leave Bishkek and drive into the rough inlands of Kyrgyzstan. We have a tight schedule: several appointments with famous felt producers all over the country. Fortunately we are in good hands, special agent Beishen will be our driver and body guard during the trip. Next saturday we will get back to the big city.

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Wednesday

Wednesday

Today we will leave Bishkek and drive into the rough inlands of Kyrgyzstan. We have a tight schedule: several appointments with famous felt producers all over the country. Fortunately we are in good hands, special agent Beishen will be our driver and body guard during the trip. Next saturday we will get back to the big city.

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trip to At-Bashy, Naryn Region Preparing the car for heavy labour
Trip to Naryn Region Making a wish for successful journey
At-Bashy, Naryn Region Away from civilisation
At-Bashy, Naryn Region Well onganised Felt producing farm
At-Bashy, Naryn Region Cleaning the wool by beating in on an old bed spring
At-Bashy, Naryn Region Prepaing layers of wool
At-Bashy, Naryn Region Prepaing layers of wool
At-Bashy, Naryn Region In the meantime water is heatened.
At-Bashy, Naryn Region Grandson and granddaughter waiting
At-Bashy, Naryn Region Rolling up the wool in rush mat while soaking it with hot water which holds a little soap
At-Bashy, Naryn Region The soaked roll is wrapped in cotton cloth
At-Bashy, Naryn Region Kicking and turning the roll, for about one hour
At-Bashy, Naryn Region Find a clean flat spot to unwind
At-Bashy, Naryn Region Pushing the felt to make it more dense
At-Bashy, Naryn Region The felting is finished
At-Bashy, Naryn Region Washing
At-Bashy, Naryn Region The felt will dry and whiten
At-Bashy, Naryn Region The workers have left, the landscape remains