Asian Studies Virtual Friendship Quilt Block Block contributed by Gulzhan Elkin Men's embroidered wool felt hat from Uzbekistan
Story of the block
In Kyrgizstan, my husband and I lived in city called Osh, which borders with Uzbekistan. That is why, in Osh 50 percent of the population are Uzbeks. The Uzbek hat, I believe my husband got it from one of the farmers working in the tobacco fields.
This hat is also handmade from pieces of cotton materials. These kind of hats can be made in many different ways, using different materials and styles. Their prices are from $5 up to $100.
Gulzhan and Jay Elkin at their wedding reception in Kazakhstan. Gulzhan’s little nephew is wearing a hat similar to the one in the quilt.