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Shopping in Kyrgyzstan

Clothing and carpets are the best things to buy. The best bargains are to be found in the small town bazaars, or the local departmental store. Distinctive souvenirs from Kyrgyzstan are colourful wool carpets, felt rugs and cotton and/or silk quilts which traditionally served as insulation and adornment for nomadic yurts. You can buy the Kyrgyz shyr-daks or heavy rugs made form multiple layers of pounded felt in varying colours, with patterns created by cutting away the upper layers to reveal different coloured lower ones. Silver jewellery set with semi precious stones for women and silver scabbards for daggers or swords can be found in bigger bazaars. Leather drinking vessels, woodcarvings and riding tackle such as saddles, saddlecloths and whips are also classic Kyrgyz crafts. Some shops have fixed prices but in the large open markets – you can bargain over food, art and souvenirs.

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