Shopping

The classic souvenir is a traditional (ak) kalpak hat, available in a range of qualities from as little as 80som from bazaars, and much more from souvenir shops. Classic feltwork including colourful shyrdak (felt carpet with appliquéd coloured panels) make great presents and are available in most towns through community tourist offices and souvenir shops; One Village One Product and Tumar Art Salon have particularly fine collections, and Naryn is known as a hotspot for their production.

Other typical mementos include pottery figurines, miniature yurts, embroidered bags, horse whips, kymys shakers, leather boxes, felt slippers, Kyrgyz musical instruments and chess sets featuring Manas and his entourage. For some Soviet-era throwback souvenirs, stop by the small antique shop in central Karakol.