Making blankets while the sun shines at Tash-Rabat
On a visit to Tash-Rabat in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan I stumbled upon a mother and daughter about to make a traditional blanket called a ‘tushuk’.
A ‘tushuk’ is like a kind of quilted blanket commonly used by the Kyrgyz people in their yurts. The blankets are stuffed with sheep’s wool and/or goat hair and are very comfy and warm in winter. I stopped for a while and watched the woman make a ‘tushuk’ with the help of her daughter, so here is my understanding of how it is done…
Gather plenty of sheep’s wool and/or goat hair.
Lay the blanket covering out on the ground (inside out) and lay all the stuffing on top in an even layer.
Roll the stuffing up into the blanket covering.
The tricky part – turning it ‘outside in’ (or was it ‘inside out’) so the stuffing ends up on the inside. I’m still not sure how they did it!
Even it all out and sew up the sides of the blanket.