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  Asian Studies Virtual Friendship Quilt Block
Block contributed by Gulzhan Elkin
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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.

Boy wearing hat from Uzbekistan and wedding

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.




Kyrgyzistan artisan wearing felt hat

Kyrgyzistan artisan wearing felt hat



Wedding in Kyrgyzistan with people wearing felted hats

Jay wearing fur hat at wedding reception


Painting of old man wearing fur hat

Painting of old man wearing fur hat