Another year and another Black Friday is here. And it feels sometimes bigger than ever, some of my customers even expected that I run discounts for Black Friday. Unfortunately, this is not a case. I thought to explain why.
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.
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.
Agates 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.
Pink Agate is quite famous for its natural and magical qualities.
I would like to invite you to Farnham Artisan Market in the Vineyard Centre on Union Road in Farnham, Surrey GU9 7PT.
Local artisans and crafters are holding it as a fundraising venture for Farnham ASSIST charity (A Christian organization supporting older people).
I will be taking part in that event as the local leatherworker, crafter and artisan. I think attending this market is a good idea to get into the festive spirit at the start of the Christmas season, you will also have a chance to buy Christmas presents for relatives and friends.
Please visit my website, some of items from my online shop will be available during the craft fair at discounted prices.