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Nakta Designs is a social enterprise supporting rural Kyrgyz women continue the traditional craft of shyrdak, felt wool carpets.
In 2012, the shyrdak creative process, or the “art of Kyrgyz traditional felt carpets,” was included in UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safekeeping. This acknowledges the significance of the craft in Kyrgyz nomadic culture and the importance of maintaining the tradition as an expression of cultural identity.
Nakta Designs’ mission is to promote this valuable process, its beautiful products, and the talented women who keep it alive.