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    The Kazakh game of Kyz Kuu (when traditions inspire)

    The Kazakh game of Kyz Kuu (when traditions inspire)

    kyz kuu horse racing game

    In Central Asia, there is an interesting equestrian game called "Kyz Kuu". It combines elements of romance and Kazakh tradition.

    "Kyz Kuu" literally means - catch the girl. This traditional nomadic horse race had a slightly different purpose from other games such as Kokpar. In my childhood, I found this part of the racing day the most fascinating and interesting. 

    Essentially this game was a kiss chase on the horseback. A woman sets off on a horse at a gallop. After a small delay, a man, also on horseback gallops after her. The aim of the game is to catch the girl and kiss her while both are still at full gallop. If the man does not manage to catch and kiss the girl is then whipped by her all the way back to the starting line. This certainly beats any western romantic tradition I can think of. 

    If the boy still caught up with a girl, the reward for the victory sometimes was not only a kiss but matchmaking and marriage in the future. Some men had to prove themselves during the horse racing that they are marriage materials. These kinds of competitions were organized in the steppe on various festive occasions.

    The pictured leather tote bag was made by me in my home art studio and depicts that tradition. The image is based on art work of Eraly Ospanov, Kazakhstan artist.

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    Botswana Pink Agate - Handmade leather bracelet with natural stone

    Botswana Pink Agate - Handmade leather bracelet with natural stone

    I would like to show my latest commission work. It is the leather bracelet with a hand-tooled design and beautiful Botswana pink agate as the centerpiece. 

    I love working with natural stones, they are never repeating themselves, their cut and patterns are always unique, which make them perfect to work with and create one of a kind leather items.


    Botswana pink agateAgates are grounding stones, bringing about an emotional, physical and intellectual balance. They aid in centering and stabilizing physical energy. Agates are so universal and come in varieties. Pink agate improves the balance of heart chakra ANAHATA, just like green agate. If you have a broken heart, this could be a perfect stone for you. 

     

     


     

     

     botswana pink agate 

    Pink Agate is quite famous for its natural and magical qualities. 

    Pink Banded Agate balances yin and yang energies, helping to bring a calmness of mind. Pink Banded Agate assists in relieving distress when reacting to situations beyond one's control.
    Pink Agate can help discover solutions instead of dwelling on problems and helps to explore creativity. It is an excellent stone to aid those wishing to stop smoking as it is excellent for overcoming addictions and self-destructive behavior. It is also great for lifting depression and alleviating stress.
     

     Botswana pink agate

    Botswana pink agate

    Casual Leather Earrings in Boho Western style, new product

    Casual Leather Earrings in Boho Western style, new product

    Do you want to catch your audience's eyes upon you, even when you are dressed casually with little effort? Our new collection of Boho Western earrings might do the job for you and help you to rock your style on a day-to-day basis. These will compliment any casual outlook or add that little something to your casual smart look.
    Boys! Tired to look for that little present to put a smile on your girlfriend, here is the solution. A perfect present that will suit any girl! 
    This is a limited edition, but now! Christmas is coming. 

    Labradorite natural stone Leather Bracelet - №4 - 50 shades of leather bracelets

    Labradorite natural stone Leather Bracelet - №4 - 50 shades of leather bracelets

    Here is our number 4 bracelet of 50 shades of leather bracelets challenge. 

    The idea of making this bracelet came long time age, when I bought a selection of natural stones from precious and semi-precious gems and stones collector. It seemed he was not very attached to them and I really love such things, so I decided to buy. It was really spontaneous purchase and it took nearly a year for me to figure out why I really wanted to buy these stones. 

    It is not first bracelet that I make with the semi-precious stone, but it is 1st for this challenge. 

    A little bit more about the stone itself, as it is really interesting stone and anyone who is into such things probably read about the physical and mystical properties of Labradorite. All information that I found about this beutiful stone is widely available in Internet and I only number the most important things I thought worth mentioning.  

    Labradorite properties:
    Labradorite is an important crystal because it can help you with your physical, emotional, and spiritual healing.
    It’s a great companion crystal that can guide you in your journey of self-discovery.
    It will work on enhancing your intuition and activating your psychic abilities. It will clear and balance your aura so that you will continuously attract the best kind of energies.
    It will provide you with clarity and insight for what lies ahead for you. It’s also the best kind of crystal to have with you while meditating or connecting with your higher self.
    Labradorite shimmers with the color blue. Blue symbolizes the beginning of life and the ever-changing nature of emotions.
    What the labradorite crystal wants you to remember is that there’s always a need to become more trusting, faithful, patient, respectful so that you can be the person that you want to be and live the life that you want to live!

    The unique thing about my bracelet  - it is one of the kind, simply because I had only one labradorite stone and it will never be mass produced. This is what I love about my work. 

     

    Custom made orders for leatherwork and leather projects

    Custom made orders for leatherwork and leather projects

    Sometimes we receive orders that are not ordinary, and customer wants something in particular style with his sizing and colour schemes. Kazakhsha Leather Art Studio is able to deliver such projects. We serve not only handbags lovers, but also subculture people. 

    We have experience in making leather patches for biker leather jackets, special costume attire for special events and cosplay people. 

    If you want to order something special for yourself feel free to contact and we can discuss your project in detail. We ship world wide.