Tush Kyiz ( pronounced tush keys, literally “wall embroideries”) are large (6’ x 12’), elaborately embroidered wallhangings that were hung inside the yurts of Kyrgyzstan to symbolize the family’s pride in their heritage and Kyrgyz culture. Elder women of the tribe, who had become masters “saimachy” of Tush Kyiz embroidery, would spend months and perhaps years to create one as a gift for a son or daughter’s marriage. The Tush Kyiz would be hung in the “red corner” of the yurt (red for good luck and fertility), and would be a blessing to them for happiness in their marriage and pride in their culture. Read More...
Tush kyiz are available for exhibit and sale. These large tapestries create an impressive artistic experience for the gallery visitor. In addition to the textiles, print information will enhance the visitor’s understanding of what the tush kyiz meant to the Kyrgyz nomads. A power-point lecture presentation, “Unraveling the Mystical Tapestries of Kyrgyzstan,” will illustrate how to “read” the symbols and interpret what they say about nomadic life in Central Asia.
Tush kyiz are large embroidered tapestries that create a stunning focal point in any room.Each design is unique. Colors may be bright and vivid or subdued. Size varies from full 6’ by 12’ rectangles to banners that may be 2 or 3 feet wide by 5 to 12 feet long. Many pieces are signed and dated by the artist. These tapestries look magnificent as a head-board design over a bed, in the living room of a formal salon or on the wall of a rustic cabin. They are fascinating and stimulating works of art. Some smaller pieces are suitable for framing.
Collectors of historical ethic art may wish to purchase tush kyiz as rare examples of a lost art form. Each is the unique vision of its creator. None have been made since the elder saimachis passed on. The Soviets discouraged ethnic arts, including the creation of tush kyiz, so generations born in Soviet times packed away their grandparents’ treasures and never practiced this art. These magnificent creations now reveal the heart and soul of a people who lost their culture to Sovietization.
Anne Marie Burk, Spokane WA
YurtArt owns the largest collection of tush kyiz in North America.