For generations, felt has been woven into Kyrgyz life, used by nomadic women to make yurts, colorful carpets and embroideries, and everyday clothes for their families. In modern Kyrgyzstan, where the garment trade now accounts for 60 percent of exports, traditional products of pressed and dyed wool have become big business, an economic driver whose impact is felt from rural villages to chic urban shops. Dina Tokbaeva reports for Transitions Online on this ancient art's impact on fashion and finance in Kyrgyzstan today.

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