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Silk Road House:
A Cultural and Educational Center

Silk Road House is a non-profit organization created to promote and support an impressive array of diverse ethnic cultural traditions. The main goals of the Silk Road House are:
  • to create a center for the collection of pertinent cultural and historical information
  • to provide a place where creative activities can bring to life the traditions of the Silk Road here in United States
  • to celebrate the Silk Road's tradition of hospitality
Silk Road House symbolizes the connections, communications and bonds between peoples and cultures united by the Silk Road concept, and at the same time, a real network of the modern day contacts between those peoples and cultures. The Silk Road House is a welcoming cultural center where everyone who might be interested could find a wide range of accurate information concerning the history, culture, and everyday life of Silk Road countries.
A word of appreciation...
Our special and deepest thanks go to those who have made an array of donations to Silk Road House – by money, various things, books, time, skill or all these together...

Among these generous individuals are (in alphabetical order):
Ruth Abrass
Navruz Avloni
Shirchin Baatar
Hanna Bailey
Elena Balashova
Alexander Bapa
Natalie Bondar
Kathleen Braunstein
Genrietta Bykin
Maria Bykin
JoAnn Conrad
Dieter Christensen
Wayne Eastep
Patrick Hayes
David Hooson
Karen Folger Jacobs
Anait Khudanazarova
Jack Kollmann
Robert E. Lee
Cariadne Margaret Mackenzie
Semion and Ludmila Mirkin
Scott Morgan
Aiman and Mairbek Mussipov
Elmira and Werdana Mussipov
Zhanara Nauryzbaeva
Karen Nelsen
Joan E. Norvelle
Beket Nurzhanov
James O.Bailey
Akin Orhun
Skydrite Rubene
Vadim Ryvkin
Ernar Sagatov
Turburam Sandagdorj
Martin Schwartz
Chris and Steve Shaw
Zhuldyz and Lloyd Shimabukuro
Elizabeth Shedd
Tatiana Shubin
Omerjan and Aygul Siddik
Irina Serkebaeva
John Sommer
Kemal Sonmez
Tenzin Tsophel
Orna Uranchimeg-Tsultem
Bayan Tulegenova
Leonid Urjuk
Santo K. van Ess
Albina Yerzhanova
Joanne Yoshimura well as anonymous private donors, the SilkRoad Foundation and the Open Society Institute.

Our cordial thanks to all of you!

- Board of Directors of Silk Road House
Current Announcements
Stephanie Bunn, PhD
Felt Across Eurasia
Monday, September 8, 2014
7 pm
2190 Union Street at Fillmore
San Francisco

LA Abstract: Felt across Eurasia

Central Asian and Mongolian herders have made felt textiles for several thousand years, developing a great range of skills for use in felt production, and a diversity of uses for this ubiquitous nomadic textile. Kyrgyz, Kazakh, Turkmen, Uyghur, and Uzbek felts all have their own unique characteristics, patterns, colours and techniques. Mongolian felts, in contrast, are almost entirely monochrome, relying upon quilting to create a textured effect. Afghan felt shows incredible diversity, reflecting this country’s complex history of migration from the Near and Far East, and the North. The lecture will discuss how each group’s unique and characteristic felt-making techniques and felt patterns are related. The link between pattern, belief and aesthetics will be explored, and the synthesis between the older Central Asian world view and that inspired by Islam will also be discussed in regard to its expression on felt carpets.

Dr Stephanie Bunn is a Senior Lecturer in the Social Anthropology of Eurasia and Material Culture at the University of St Andrews. She is also curator of the University’s Ethnographic and Amerindian collections. She has been carrying out research into Central Asian felt textiles since 1989, and has conducted field research among high mountain pastoralists in Kyrgyzstan between 1994 and 1997, and again in 2002, 2003 and 2011. Dr Bunn has also made collections of felt textiles for the British Museum, the Horniman Museum, and the National Museum of Scotland. She collected and curated the British Museum exhibition Striking Tents and the Collins Gallery exhibition From Quilts to Couture. Her recent book, Nomadic Felts, published by the British Museum Press, covers the legacy of nomadic felt-making from Eastern Europe across Central Asia as far east as Japan. She has also edited the volume Kyrgyzstan on Kyrgyz costume and the work of ethnographer Klavdiya Antipina. She is currently writing a volume on Kyrgyz felt textiles, nomadic beliefs and practices, and doing new research into Scottish vernacular basketry.