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Cashgora Yarn


Hand Spun Cashgora Yarn made by Tajik Women

Tajik spinners

Who wouldn't want to buy yarn from these smiling women!

Cashgora Colors!

17 jewel-like colors plus natural white.

Our Tajik friends have begun dyeing their hand spun Cashgora yarn and the results are spectacular! We have chosen 17 colors, all dyed over the original silver/brown skeins which creates such mouthwatering, rich and saturated colors, that even the most casual knitter will fall under the spell of their jewel-like tones. Pictures hardly do them justice. Only in person can the luster and shine of this kitten-soft yarn be fully appreciated.

Trish Fornier writes, "This lovely cashgora worsted weight yarn is a dream to knit with. It is like knitting with a cloud. After I finished my scarf I soaked it and blocked it and the yarn just bloomed with a gorgeous halo."

And Alda Reynolds says,"I’m using the most wonderful lace yarn- cashgora. It is so soft and light, like the hair of angels. Thank you, ladies of Tajikistan. I hope you will continue providing us with this wonderful handspun yarn and that it provides you with the means of helping your families with whatever their needs might be." 

All skeins approx. 100 g/350 yds

Natural White Crow Black
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Shepherd Brown Pewter
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Golden Birch Purple Finch
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Avacado Dusk
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Emerald Pokeberry
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Balsam Fir Hollyhock
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Mariner Carmine
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Indigo Hibiscus
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Lapis Lazuli Fuchsia
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Please note that because of the nature of this truely handmade yarn not every skein is exactly like the others. There may be slight variations in color and yarn thickness. Most are sport or fingering weight with the occaisional worsted or lace weight.

Each skein will come with a tag featuring the name and photo of the woman who spun it. Scroll down this page to read each one's story.

Stock is limited. We expect these colors will sell out quickly, so don't wait to buy yours.

 

Natural Cashgora

Cashgora

 

Shawl by Jenn Woods

"This yarn is simply amazing," says Jenny Woods who's knitting group met with the spinners. She knit the shawl at right using a single skein of fingering weight.

We have categorized the skeins into four different yarn weights - Worsted, DK, Sport and Fingering. Stock is limited. The color is natural silver/brown as it came off the goats.

All skeins are approx. 100 grams/3.5 oz regardless of yardage.

Please scroll down this page to read bios and see photos of all the Tajik hand spinners. Every skein of Cashgora will come with a tag featuring the woman who spun it.

70% of the proceeds will go back to the project which pays the women a fair wage.

 

Different yarn weights

 

100 g/3.5 oz

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About Cashgora Fiber:

Skeins are hand spun from 100% cashgora down. The fiber is a downy undercoat that is combed from goats produced by villagers in the Pamir Mountains of Eastern Tajikistan. Cashgora goats were produced by crossbreeding cashmere, Angora and other types of Russian fiber goats. They yield a very fine fiber (approximately 17-20 micron) producing a kitten soft yarn with a silvery luster and a suprising amount of tensile strength.

 

Cashgora Goat

Combing fiber from the goat

Cashgora Cowl knit by Maureen O'Doogan   Cowl knit by Maureen O'Doogan
Cashgora Cowl knit by Maureen O'Doogan
In January 2016 four women from Tajikistan arrived in the United States, a few blocks from Times Square no less. They came to learn about the American yarn market at the Vogue Knitting Show. Oigul, Tuluikhon, Jonnamo and Shahlo are hand spinners and produce beautifully even, soft and luxurious yarn made from the Cashgora goats that they raise and comb the down fleece from. After the Vogue Show they drove north to visit Peace Fleece under the care of Liba Brent, the coordinator of the project helping these women to be successful with their business. We had a fantastic time meeting them all and taking them around to tour different fiber related businesses in Maine. You can see photos and read more about their trip by clicking here. If you would like to know more about the project behind the women and their yarn please visit cashmerepeople.com.
Photos taken on a bright, cold morning in Porter, ME

Meet the Spinners

Each skein will come with a tag featuring the name and photo of the woman who spun it.

OIgul Tursonova  

Oigul Tursunova

Oigul is 40 years old. She is a very energetic and determined woman. In her village she has a reputation for being able to succeed in any kind of work. The project was looking for a group leader and Oigul agreed to take the job. She learned how to make beautiful yarn and organized a spinning group in the Oshoba village. Oigul is married for the second time and she has a son from her first marriage. Her first marriage fell apart because she had a very hard time living in her husband’s home with her in-laws. It is very difficult to be a daughter-in-law in her village, especially if the husband is the youngest or the only son. While the older sons move out after they get married, the youngest son and his wife have to live with his parents. The new daughter-in-law is often treated as a servant who has to do all the housework and has very little say. Oigul’s life was unbearable in her first marriage, but she never complained to anyone and did not tell her parents. Finally a friend of the family told Oigul’s father about his daughter’s ordeal. Her father brought her and her son back home and she got divorced. Oigul did not marry for a long time, worrying about how her new husband would treat her son. Finally she married another man with whom she has a son and a daughter. He loves her and is very kind to her son. Oigul is now very thankful to her father that he took her away and she was able to start a new life. She is hardworking and ready do any kind of work that is useful for the family. She grows enough potatoes in their garden to feed the family and does all the work around the house herself. Her son and husband have no permanent work in the village and travel to Russia for work every year. They used the money they earned to build a house. Because she is a very good spinner, they now have another source of income and Oigul uses her earnings to buy things for the household. Oigul is positive and optimistic by nature and does not like to talk about her problems. Her hobbies include growing flowers and she is also interested in breeding sheep. When she is happy she loves to dance. She dreams of visiting the United States.

 

Tungunoi  

Mubina Husenboeva

Mubina is 35 years old. Her mother died when she was 12. Her father drank a lot and could not take care of his three daughters. Mubina and her sisters were brought up by her grandmother. After Mubina finished ninth grade her grandmother was no longer able to afford buying shoes, notebooks and pencils and she had to leave school. Her father married two more times but both of his wives left him because of his drinking. When Mubina turned 17 they married her. This was the happiest day of her life. Now she lives with her husband's parents and has four children. Her husband is always in Russia. Seven years ago he got married in Russia, regardless ofhaving a wife and four children at home. He comes to visit every 3-4 years and sometimes sends money. In order to educate her children, Mubina works everal jobs. From 6 to 9 in the morning she works at a cafeteria and from 9 to 4pm at the workshop. She also knits at home when she receives orders from people. She was very happy when the workshop opened. The women talk with each other while they spin, share a lunch together and dance. This makes her happy to work there and takes her mind off of her problems at home. She spends money from spinning to buy clothing for her children. She has only one dream – for her husband to return to her and their children. But she stopped believing in dreams a long time ago, because they never come true.  

Tungunoi  

Tulakhon Abdusamadova

Tulakhon is 40 years old. She has four children, three daughters and a son. Her oldest daughter studies at a Gymnasium. Her husband has a higher education and works as a Russian language teacher at the local school. Tulakhon is a housewife and busy with raising their children. She also wanted to study. She applied to attend a secondary school but was unable to pass the entry exams. She regrets she was not a good student and now carefully monitors her children's schoolwork. She wants to make sure that they succeed in school. She likes to keep her home clean and tidy and enjoys preparing tasty meals for her relatives. She also likes to watch movies. Sad movies always make her cry. The happiest day in her life was when she gave birth to a son, after having three daughters. His name is Khushbacht (meaning someone who brings happiness). Before she started spinning she was knitting socks and mittens for sale as other women in her village to help support her family. Now she likes coming to the workshop and working with other women. The money she earns she usually spends on her children, especially on their schooling. She considers herself a happy woman. There weren’t many unhappy days in her life and she hopes it will remain that way.  

Tungunoi  

Lola Davlatova

Lola Davlatova is 46 years old. She is cheerful and likes to laugh. She has 4 sons and one daughter. Her daughter and her youngest son are still in school, her older sons finished school. They have a plot of land and a small orchard and keep 3 cows, 10 goats and 5 sheep. Lola’s husband travels to Russia for work and that is how he supports the family. Lola has been spinning yarn for six year and spinning is a good source of income for her. She always has some money for daily household expenses and that makes her happy. She also enjoys working and socializing with the other women. They discuss various topics while spinning and earn money at the same time. It is very difficult for women in her village to find work. She and the other women in her group were lucky - they received spinning machines through the project, they always have clean, dehaired fiber to spin and get paid regularly. She hopes that their business will continue to grow. Lola thanks everyone for supporting their spinning group and sends her greetings to America.  

Tungunoi  

Jonamo Abduraimova

My name is Jonamo. I am 43 years old. After graduating from high school I wanted to continue my studies, but my parents did not let me to go to college. Back then it was not common to send girls to the college. Girls were not in charge of their lives. Parents made decisions for them. Soon after graduation my parents arranged my marriage. I was to marry my mom's relative. I did not have a choice but to obey my parents. Now I am blessed to have four lovely kids. Two of my kids are college students. My daughter is a junior, and my son is a sophomore. Both of them study economics. The two younger ones are in school: my younger son is competing his high school (graduating in May 2016) and my younger daughter is in 8th grade. My husband works odd jobs, but is currently unemployed. I am the only one in the family who has a job. I am working hard to help my kids get a higher education. I do not want them to go through what I endured. Prior to starting the spinning job I did not have money to buy food and clothes for my kids. My father-in-law helped us with cash, but it still was not enough for a family of six. I had a lot of struggles and difficulties to overcome in my life. Sometimes I would despair and feel depressed. Now when I look back to my life, I appreciate very much having a job and not being dependent on others. I tell my kids that I respect their right to make their own decisions, to do what they think is good for them. Now a little bit about my work. I am the head of our small spinning team. I like my job and enjoy working with my team. We are working in a very friendly environment. As we understand that our business depends on how happy our customers are, we work hard to produce the highest quality yarn in the region. I learned how to spin when I was very young. My mom showed me how to do it. My dad was a farmer and we had many angora goats and made our own yarn. My mom used to dye the yarn and we knitted sweaters, socks, gloves and scarves. Once I made an angora dress for myself which came out very beautiful. As I have been spinning for years I can proudly say that I become highly skilled in spinning and knitting. I get invitations to train women in different regions of Tajikistan and Afghanistan (our neighboring country) on how to spin. I charge a small fee for my master classes. The money I make I spend mostly on food, electricity, and paying my kids' college fees. As a part of our spinning project I was able to visit New York City in January 2016. We sold our yarns and met some of our customers in person. It was a very impressive trip. I liked New York City. People are friendly and you can see smiley faces everywhere. I hope we continue working together with our buyers to build a partnership based on mutual respect and benefits. In addition to business partnership we look forward to developing friendship with our American customers. We will be happy to host friends who want to visit our country.  

Tungunoi  

Tulakhon Abdulazizova

Tulakhon Abdulazizova is 50 years old. She was born in Oshoba village into a large family of ten children. She has three sisters and six brothers. She was married but got divorced. She has one son who is 23 years old and she and her son live with her parents. Tulakhon is a professional spinner – spinning is her favorite hobby. Her mother was also a spinner and taught her how to spin when she was a young girl. Tulakhon is now a leader of the Markhamat spinning group and works with 10 spinners. Her biggest hope is that their yarn will find many buyers in the United States. The spinning job and the project provided her with many opportunities. She was able to travel to the United States, met many new people and learned many interesting things about spinning and about America during her trip. She enjoyed her visit very much.  

Tungunoi  

Gulnoza Mavlonova

Gulnoza is 27 years old. She got married when she was 19. She has two children, a son and a daughter. Her husband goes to work to Russia every year to support their family. He works in construction and his earnings are their main source of income. Gulnoza is very good-natured and likes to joke and laugh. She enjoys shopping at the bazar, dressing nicely and going to various social events - weddings, birthdays and holiday celebrations. She also likes to garden and plant flowers. Last year all her flowers froze because of a cold spring but she is planting them again this year. She also keeps four chickens so her children have fresh eggs. Before she joined the spinning group she tried to help her family by producing tomatoes, potatoes and other vegetables on their garden plot. But then she visited the workshop and tried spinning yarn and was good at it and now she is earning her own money. The first money she earned she spent on food and sweets for her children. The happiest time in her life was when she gave birth to her children, although giving birth was difficult for her. Her dream is to have her own car.  

Tungunoi  

Oigul Yuldosheva

Oigul is 23 years old. She got married when she was 20 and now she has one child. When she has free time she sews. She enjoys dishes that include noodles or pasta. She hopes to live in happiness and peace but at this point she and her husband do not get along very well which makes her concerned. She hopes that in the future everything will be ok and her family will become one of the best and happiest families in the village. In her village, women are prepared to sacrifice everything for their children and their families: they will sit at home and won't leave unless their husband gives them a permission, they will not work, and will put up with anything to have peace in the family. Oigul likes to earn income by spinning. She enjoys making yarn and going to the workshop very much. She also knits socks in the evening and makes shawls from local yarn. She spent her first earnings from spinning on her baby. Since childhood she hoped to study and become a teacher. Now she hopes that at least their children will get an education.  


Tungunoi  

Malika Malaeva

Malika is 40 year old and she has three children, two sons and one daughter. Her husband works in Russia usually 5-6 months per year. Malika likes to look after her garden but she does not like washing windows. She loves when the whole family comes together, they sit behind a table, eat and talk. This is because they are rarely together. When her son is home, her husband is in Russia and when her husband is home her son is in Russia. Other women say about her that is pretty and also a very nice woman. Her childhood was the happiest time of her life. She remembers playing with other children outside, dancing, and putting makeup on in front of a mirror. She likes to spin yarn because it is a very calming work. When she spins she is relaxing. She dreams about remodeling an old house they inherited from her husband’s parents and marrying her daughter and sons. After that she also wants to go to Russia with her husband and see other countries. Other women in the workshop like her because she jokes a lot. Before she started working there she sat at home but now she has a good reason to leave. Every morning she quickly runs of to the workshop because if a guest comes over she has to stay home. She has three close friends in the workshop and they talk for hours. They go home only after their husbands start calling them. She has a high blood pressure and every year she went to the hospital because of that. But since she started spinning her blood pressure has been stable and she did not need to take medicine for it. She now plans to make yarn until old age, as long as she can see and her hands remain steady.  

Farzona  

Farzona Salochidinova

Farzona is 25 years old. She likes quiet and does not like to talk too much. They married her as soon as she finished school. She always hoped to be a teacher and she started attending a pedagogical institute after the birth of her first child, with the help of her mother. Now she is in her fifth year of studies. She works at school, as she hoped, and likes her work very much. She has two children, a son and a daughter, and hopes that they will become well-educated. Before school starts she goes to the workshop to spin. After that she goes to teach. Because she is a mother and a student, she is always short of money. Earnings from spinning help to pay for her education, and that helps her very much.  
 

Nishonoy  

Nishonoj Azimova

Nishonoj is a 36–year-old sensitive, modest woman. They have a very large, 14-member family. Her husband is the oldest in the family. He is home three to four months per year and the rest of the time he works in Russia. His earnings are their main source of income. They have one son and one daughter. Because of the large family, there are many happy, joyful days but also many problem-filled, challenging days. The women do their housework together which makes it easier, and the men work to support the family. On one hand she enjoys their large family because she also grew up in a large family, but sometimes she needs to get away from her noisy home. After she got married she could not get pregnant for five years and then she lost her long-awaited child. This was the worst experience in her life, also because according to their local custom, if a woman cannot have a child for a long time the couple is pressured to divorce so the man can find another wife. Now she has two children and she thanks God for those two joys. Nishonoj enjoys planting flowers and taking care of her flower garden. She hopes to take a trip to nearby mountains with her family in the spring when there are many wild tulips blooming there. She is a good spinner and likes her work. She is very happy that she learned how to make export grade yarn. Now she has her own money that she can spend herself. Soon she will be moving into her own house and she spends her money to buy dishes for the house. The rest she spends on sweets for her children.  


Tungunoi  

Tungunoi Oibosheva

Tungunoi is 18 years old and she is the youngest spinner in the group. She is a quiet, mild-mannered, unassuming young woman. She is very trusting. After she finished school she started learning how to sew and make yarn. Now she sews dresses for women and girls in the village and spins yarn. She gives all the money she earns to her mother and is very proud of being able to contribute to their family budget. She enjoys spinning and also likes to draw and listen to music. One of her favorite things is making pastries. She is also interested in Russian and English language. Her dream would be to learn these languages and travel. She is sensitive and does not like when people hurt one another. She gets very disturbed when her parents argue. On those days she does not want to talk to anyone and tries to get away and be by herself because she does not want to say anything hurtful to anyone. She is afraid that her mom might leave and not come back. She loves when her relatives come to visit during holidays and family celebrations. Those are her favorite times.  

Zarina  

Zarina Shofaizova

Zarina is 34 years old. She is a very handy, skillful woman. She was born in a large family and has two daughters and a son. When she finished school she applied to enter a pedagogical institute. She passed all the exams but when she returned home they decided to marry her. She could not do anything to stop it because that would have meant a serious conflict with her parents, so she got married. Her husband works in the field. He comes home once or twice a week and the rest of time does agricultural work. He works from dawn to dusk to support the family and does not complain. This is their main source of income. Zarina lives with her husband's mother who is 81. Although she is an elderly woman she helps her grandchildren with homework. Zarina prays that her mother-in-law will have a long life and remain healthy. She can go to spin at the workshop without worries knowing that grandmother is at home looking after her children. Her father died but taught her a lot. She can fix and tune up the spinning machines and other electric appliances, which gives her a great satisfaction. When she first saw the spinning machine she decided to make a similar one and she made her own machine that works “from scratch”. If something breaks at the workshop she is happy to fix it. She has done many other jobs before – tending to their relatives’ apricot trees, raising sheep; she likes to help everyone as much as she can. She has one wish – to climb to the top of the highest mountain in their area, together with her husband.  

Sevara  

Sevara Mamatova

Sevara is a quiet, mild-mannered woman. She is 38 years old. She is married and has one son and two daughters. She loves her family very much. She loves going to the bazaar to shop for them when she has money. She also grows vegetables in her greenhouse. First she did not know how to do it but gradually she learned from her neighbor. Sevara is a good spinner and she is very grateful to the project for helping them set up the spinning group. Many women in the village are looking for work and she is proud to have the spinning job. She will never forget the day when she bought a wood stove using her spinning money. Every time she and her family or their guests sit around the stove she reminds them that she purchased it with the first money she earned from spinning. She hopes she will continue to spin and buy many useful things for her house. Sevara has a seven-year-old daughter who often comes to the workshop and is very interested in spinning. She plans to teach her daughter how to spin so she can continue her mother's work and help the family and herself.  

Robia  

Robia Mamadzhonova

Robia is 37 years old. She is a very energetic, interesting woman with a great sense of humor. She is a great dancer and likes to sing. The spinners often ask her to dance when they take a break at the workshop. She is married and has three sons. They have a small plot of land and her husband is a farmer. The saddest time in her life was when her mother died because her mother was not even 60. Her mother was the only woman with whom Robia could discuss any problem. Robia does not like to be alone. She loves to spin and enjoys going to the workshop. She finds each day in the workshop uniquely enjoyable, including when they share a lunch together. She likes to work in a women's collective with the other spinners, she tells them interesting stories and anecdotes. The other women
also enjoy working with her because she makes them laugh. They miss her when she is not around, the workshop is not the same without her.

 


Mukkadas  

Mukkadas Abdulazizova

Mukkadas is 35 years old and the mother of three children. She is shy and quiet. She got married when she was 18 years old. Her husband spends six to seven months per year working in Russia, like most men from her village. The money he earns is their main source of income. They also have some apricot trees and produce and sell dry apricots. Before the workshop opened she did not have any work and was home with her children. She became very happy when the workshop opened. She thinks this provides a great opportunity for local women to work. She likes spinning and enjoys the women who work in the workshop. She listens to their discussions and spins and it is very relaxing for her. The workshop is warm and light – very comfortable. When they have a meeting, she is always the first to arrive. Her greatest wish is for her children to be bright and get a good education.  

Zulfikaram  

Zulfikaram Ergashova

Zulfikaram is 30 years old. She is a romantic. She loves to dress nicely, receive presents during holidays and she enjoys watching soap operas. Her other hobby is to cook various dishes and salads. She would very much like to learn Russian, English and French but at the moment she does not have the opportunity or the time. She left her husband and now takes care of her son alone. She has learned how hard that is. She lives with her parents and her brother and sister. She is grateful to them for raising her and for helping to raise her son. She works a lot so she does not have to ask them for money – she works at the school, sows dresses and spins yarn. Spinning is now one of her favorite tasks. By joining the spinning group she obtained a job, befriended many women and learned new and interesting things. She dreams of having her own house some day, with a separate bedroom, kitchen and a space for her houseplants, even if it is far in the future.  


Mochira  

Mochira Tursunova

Mochira is 30 years old and married with two children. Her husband travels to Russia for work every year, like other men in the village. When her husband is gone she does all work around the house herself. She does not like to work as an agricultural laborer as most other women in her village but prefers work that brings at least a little profit. Earlier she knitted socks for sale on the local market. Now she learned how to make yarn and is very happy about that. She is glad that she can make high quality yarn that knitters in America like to work with. She does not consider herself very talented and her success in spinning makes her proud. She likes to go to the workshop and spin and discuss local news with other women. She spends the money she earns for her son's school. Mochira hopes that her son will study and find work in the village as opposed to having to go to Russia like his father.  


Inobat  

Mirzolimova Inobat

Inobat is 32 years old. She is an orphan and cannot remember her parents who died when she was two years old. She was brought up by her grandmother who gave her away in marriage. Her husband does not have a permanent job. He earns money by repairing or building people’s houses in the village. They have two sons; their first daughter died. That makes her very concerned about the health of her family. She is sad about not having sisters or brothers to talk to. The only person she can talk with is her husband. Inobat grows more than 20 different kinds of houseplants and occasionally sells some to buy clothes for her children. Inobat is a very good spinner. She spins very attentively - making quality yarn is very important to her. She likes spinning very much because it makes her life more colorful and joyful. She uses the money she earns to buy clothing and food for her children. Inobat wants to give her children the very thing she did not have in her childhood - maternal love and care that she misses even now.  



Manzura  

Kuchkorova Manzura

Manzura is a cheerful 37-year-old woman. She was married at 19 and has three children. Her husband goes to Russia for work every year and his earnings provide the greatest share of family income. Manzura is very hard working and tries to earn income as well. She grows cucumbers, tomatoes and parsley in their greenhouse and sells it at the market. At first she was shy about selling at the market but gradually she became accustomed to it and now is a good sales person with her own clients. She likes to work in her greenhouse and she also likes to make yarn at the workshop. She is one of the most experienced spinners and likes her work very much. She uses her earnings to buy school supplies and pay school fees for her children. She would love to travel to the United States, meet the knitters who work with her yarn and receive their feedback.  


Gulchera  

Gulchechra Salochidinova

Gulchechra is 50 years old which makes her the oldest spinner. She is does not have many needs and prefers a simple life. Her father was a shoemaker and she has an 80-year-old mother who she loves very much. Her father died a long time ago but she still misses him and thinks about him often. She has five children. She regrets she was unable to give them higher education and was overjoyed when her daughter was accepted to colledge. She first worked at canning factory and when it closed she worked at a kindergarten until her health worsened and she had to leave that work as well. She got very excited when the workshop opened because she was always interested in spinning. She enjoys going to the workshop very much. She likes the women she works with, especially Robia who jokes and makes everyone laugh. She spends her earnings on clothes for her grandchildren. She loves the Spring, and does not like when people gossip behind someone’s back. When she has some free time she likes to dance.  

Gavharoj  

Gavharoj Oibosheva

Gavharoj is a calm, introverted 40 year old woman. She is married and has three children, a daughter and two sons. Her husband does odd jobs in the village. She also works and home and in the fields to help support her family. She helps other people with their crops, picks cotton and fruits and does other seasonal work in agriculture. She is happy when there is enough food in their house. She is a very good spinner and spinning is now her new source of income. She was very close to her mother who died and she misses her very much. Sometimes when she is sad and does not want to be at home she goes to visit her aunt or her sisters. Speaking with them openly gives her relief and she can then return home and work. She also visits her father who now lives alone and she cleans and cooks for him. Her dream is to find a good husband for her daugther. 


Gulchera Sultanazarova  

Gulchechra Sultanazarova

Gulchechra is an energetic, social, cheerful 38-year-old woman. She is the eleventh of twelve children. Many of her brothers and sisters are educated and successful in their work. Gulchechra also wanted to get a higher education but when she finished ninth grade the times were very tough and her parents did not have money to send her to secondary school. Still, she developed many interests and talents. She writes beautiful poetry, reads books and loves to watch the news. When she reads a book she likes to imagine she is the main heroine. She enjoys guests very much. When she makes flat bread she likes to invite her neighbors over to share it. She is married and has two sons. Her husband travels to Russia for work every year. They have a large plot of land with apricot trees. She and her husband work on the land. They pick apricots, dry them and sell them when they need money. They also have three cows, that she walks two kilometers twice a day to feed and milk. When her husband is in Russia she has to do everything herself. She likes to spin yarn and socialize with the other women. The money she earns help to cover a variety of household expenses. She is very happy she has the work. She loves her sons and wants to see them educated and useful to society when they grow up.  


100 g/3.5 oz

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What's to come?

We are very keen on setting up a communication system where we could keep in touch on a regular basis with our new friends. Liba is returning to Tajikistan this spring and can facilitate e-contact, be it through mail or Skype. There is hope for a hub forming in Portland, complete with translators, where fiber folks would gather and chat with our new Central Asian friends. We feel this is important for several reasons. These Tajik spinners who visited each manage a larger group of production spinners. They work out of their homes in a central facility and are now in many instances either the primary or sole provider of family income. This is very unique in a Central Asian Muslim country. As these women return home they will be seen as role models who will mentor their skills in spinning, economics and managing a small business. They will have questions for many of us here in the west. Even though cultural differences exist, we have much to offer each other. Let us know here at Peace Fleece if you would be interested in being a part of such an exchange - info@peacefleece.com