The Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic is joining the Around the World Embassy Tour open house, Passport DC May 6, 2017

The Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic is joining the Around the World Embassy Tour open house, Passport DC May 6, 2017 in order to promote the country of Kyrgyzstan to visitors and residents of Washington D.C.

The Embassy plans to showcase Kyrgyz culture through a demonstration of Kyrgyz art, music, and dance. Furthermore, there will be an exhibit of textile items incorporating traditional and contemporary Kyrgyz techniques by the famous Kyrgyz designer Jumagul Sarieva as well as the studios “Chapan,” “Bukon,” “7 Sisters,” and others as examples of successful small business models that revive Central Asian cultural heritage.

There will also be master classes in the following techniques:

  • weaving straw panels,
  • weaving felt rugs
  • embroidery with traditional patterns

The Embassy will also offer a taste of traditional Kyrgyz food (Boorsok) and beverages, such as Shoro and Kyrgyz brandy.

There will be performances by:

  • A komuz-player (the komuz is an ancient Kyrgyz fretless string instrument)
  • The dance group Datkaiym, which will include the dance Uluu Koch

The Kyrgyz phrase Uluu Koch literally translates to ‘a great resettlement.’ The dance portrays nature and the lifestyle of nomadic ancestors. The music and choreography convey a sense of overcoming great distances, over mountain ranges and peaks. There will also be a performance of the dance Datkaiym. The word Datkaiym has a powerful meaning for Kyrgyz people, especially for women. It means female leader. Having a woman as the nation’s ruler in a patriarchal society was a huge source of pride for  kyrgyz  people. The dance Datkaiym represents the grace and dignity of Kyrgyz women.