Kochkor Village and Shyrdak Show
Kochkor is a village in Naryn Region of northern Kyrgyzstan at an altitude of 1,800 meters. It is home to around 10,000 people who make a living from mainly farming and herding and one of the best places to experience the nomadic lifestyle and learn about Kyrgyz culture. Visitors can spend a night or two in a traditional tent (yurt) and sample traditional food and drinks such as fermented camel’s milk.
Kochor has a thriving trade in embroidery, traditional handicrafts and felt carpet making, an integral part of Kyrgyz nomadic heritage. There are two main types of felt carpet: Ala-kiyiz (or tekemet), a floor or wall covering made by pressing different coloured pieces of felt together and Shyrdak, a stitched wall or floor covering.