Some Art Galleries also offer handicrafts and silver jewellery with semi-presious stones.
Almaty Carpet Factory produces carpets and runners of different designs varying from classic and national patterns to avant-garde. You can see some examples at their web-stie http://www.almaty-kilem.nursat.kz. They also make woven souveniers, sllippers cushions etc. The factory has a shop and a demonstration room. To arrange a showing, call in advance at 42-34-22 (no English). 187 Tole bi at Zharokova. Open Mon-Fri from 9 AM - 5:30 PM. E-mail: email@example.com
Artisan Craft Fair - weekly Sunday fair of traditional Kazakhstan handicrafts located at the Hotel Jetisu (Abylai khan and Makataev) from 12 - 15:00. Organized by the Almaty Chamber of Artisans with the help of IREX. Wood, fur, metal, felt, embroidery, ceramics, tapestry, sculpture and other handmade crafts. Perfect gifts for yourself and your good friends for up to 60% cheper than TSUM! Check out their beautiful web-site at www.artisans.freenet.kz.
Akul's Carpets - Carpet shop. 103 Furmanov St (corner with Aiteke-Bi), office 105. Tel: (3272) 670510. Cellular: 8-300 3209910 (Dmitriy), cellular: 8-300 7333705 (Akul). E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: www.bukhara-carpets.com.
Bahyt "Center of Decorative Applied Arts" is an artisan boutique selling embroidered scarves, bags, leather crafts etc from Central Asia. 56-A Abai St. Tel 42-57-77. Enter a small side street from Abai between Baizakov St. and Manas St. on the right from School # 105and walk for 100 meters until you see Bahyt's sign. The Center is in the building of Almaty College of Arts. Open Tue-Sat (10 AM - 6 PM), Fri (until 7 PM). Supported by USAID.
Dorcas is a group of single mothers sewing mostly pouches and bags. They work at home and bring products to office weekly. Dorcas products carries Central Asia flavor by using Atlas silk and Kazak motif. Mariam is manager of Dorcas and you can reach her at 8-333-5648027 or 529621. She speaks English. E-mail email@example.com for an electronic catalogue.
Eleanor Shilova makes beautiful hand-made embroidery including satin-stitch and cross-stitch on woolen and fine fabrics and cut-outs. Contact her at 47-35-93 (only Russian language).
Galina makes simply the best trappings and other accessories such as ties from leather. Contact her in Russian preferrably at 43-36-89.
Irina Gambalevskaya creates fabulous painted silk scarves and pictures. Contact Irina at 68-79-33. Russian language only
Khashimjan Kurbanov was one of the first artists in Kazakhstan to start working with calabashes. He makes pokered, painted and carved vases, jars, dolls etc. To arrange a visit to his studio, contact him and his wife Arzu at 39-05-31 (a little English).
Nadezhda Gumyrkina makes lovely wooden painted toys. She lives in Kaskelen (a small city near Almaty) but can come for a private showing or invite you to visit her home. You can contact her at 8 (271) 919 29 (this is Nadia's neighbor's phone number. Ask to call Nadia and call again in 5 minutes). Russian only.
Oner on Shevchenko and Furmanov. This corner shop sells a lot of paintings, souveniers and handicrafts. Telephone #62-59-51
Rugs Shop. Rugs from Central Asia and Afghanistan are sold at 220 Furmanov, 100 m below Satpaev. The shop is open daily 10 AM - 7 PM. Amanulla can be contacted at his mobile: 8 333 558 7845.
Saule and Alibai Bapanovs. This couple makes paintings, felt works, textile, and tapestries. Saule and Alibai are professional teachers of arts. To arrange a visit to their studio and to learn more about arts classes, contact them at 46-51-29 (no English); mobile: 8 300 313 2249; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Their studio is located 29 „ Satpaev (between Manas and Baizakov), studio # 52.
Serik is a crafter of bow and arrow sets and sabers. Uses wood, silver, ram horns, and jewels. Tel.: 49-84-19. Russian language only.
Sheber Aul - an Artisans Village. Located at GES-2, Kok-shoky village. Travel west on Al-Farabi St. from Furmanova to first traffic circle. Circle 270 degrees and head south towards the mountains on Novoye Street. Continue until you pay to enter the national park and take the first left turn, cross the river and take the next left up to the Artisans Village.
Shiryn Kurmanbaeva offers hand-made silk paintings in oriental style and modern style oil on canvas. She can come to your home of office for a showing. Contact Shiryn in English at 8 300 317 7820.
Silk Road Art Studio. Artists from this studio create stunning silk paintings on Kazakh themes and Nizami's poetry. Prices vary from $20 - 100. E-mail: email@example.com. Web-site: http://www.SilkRoadPainting.com. Distributor for Almaty Saule can be contacted at mobile: 8 300 399 4075.
"Swallow's Nest" Pottery Factory. Flower pots on order, ceramic foodware and souvenirs, glazed tiles for fireplaces and ovens, ceramics for fronting buildings. All kinds of works made with clay. To get to the pottery factory, drive 400 meters up Saina from the crossing of Dzhandosova and Saina , turn right and drive another 300 meters. Contact potter Sergei Ognevoi at 8 300 715 1610 in Russian or German.
Tsum Department Store on Zhibek Jholy and Ablai Khan. A wide selection of Kazakhstani handicrafts may be purchased on the third floor. Enter from Ablai Khan, climb three floors and head towards the southwest corner of the building. Open daily.
Tuila is a big shop selling national Kazakh clothes, souvenirs, paintings and jewellery. Individual orders. 174 A Furmanova, a little up (toward the mountains) from Abai. Tel 63-65-98.
Zhanna makes dolls, tapestries, pillow/cushion cases, bags etc in national style. Contact her for private showing at 68-25-41.