New craft works of Kazakhstani artisans submitted for "Sheber" crafts contest

30 May 2014

On 29 of May 2014 in UN House Almaty, the jury of the sixth contest of Kazakh artisans, "Sheber" evaluated 94 applications of 78 novice and professional artisans of Kazakhstan (37 women, 41 men) for the final tour of the contest.

All the jury members were surprised by the works of this year. For the first time artisans have acquired the opportunity to present their works in the "National Souvenir" category that later will form the ideas bank for the Expo-2017

Aizhan Bekkulova, President of the Union of Kazakhstan artisans

The competition is a part of the program "Development of crafts and the revival of folk arts and crafts in Kazakhstan", developed in 2006 to preserve the cultural heritage of Kazakhstan by increasing the competitiveness of Kazakh artisans products in domestic and international markets. The program is implemented by "Chevron", the Union of Artisans of Kazakhstan, the Public Fund Our Heritage, and the Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia in partnership with the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the UNESCO Cluster Office in Almaty.

The "Sheber" competition has been held since 2009 to promote handicraft production in Kazakhstan, searching for the most talented and promising artisans, as well as informing the public about the achievements and capacities of domestic producers of handicraft products.

Winners and participants to the Sheber Kazakstan national crafts competition are actively taking part in the UNESCO Award of Excellence for Handicraft Products in Central Asia programme. For artisans of Kazakhstan, Sheber is a trial run for craft items, which will then compete in the UNESCO Award of Excellence programme.

Contact information of the Union of Artisans of Kazakhstan: tel.: +7 (727) 2734867, +7 727 2780632, e-mail:


Gallery of the submitted items for the crafts contest Sheber

Beshpet UNESCO Almaty

Felt Suit UNESCO Almaty

Felt picture UNESCO Almaty

Decorative lamp UNESCO Almaty

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