«30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Kyrgyz Republic and the Kingdom of Belgium»

On March 3, 2022 at the Embassy of Kyrgyzstan in Brussels, on the
occasion of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations
between the Kyrgyz Republic and the Kingdom of Belgium, was held the fashion
show of national clothes of the Kyrgyz Fashion house «Baira».

On January 20, 1992 Belgium recognized the independence of Kyrgyzstan.
On March 25, 1992 diplomatic relations were officially established between the
countries. Over the 30 years of cooperation the parties have carried out a lot of
significant bilateral visits and consultations at the highest and high levels, the
certain level of development has been achieved, which the parties intend to further
develop and strengthen.

Among the guests of the evening were members of the Belgian Parliament
and the Foreign Ministry, representatives of the diplomatic corps of Brussels,
European institutions and international organizations, media, think tanks, as well as
compatriots and friends of the Embassy.

Invited Kyrgyz designer Tolgonai Kerimkulova is the founder of the
«Baira» fashion brand, known for its specific style, focused on creating clothes
with the ethnic identity of the Kyrgyz nomads. The presented collection of the
autumn-winter 2022-2023 season «Shyrdak» – authentic and at the same time
relevant, was presented at the Milan Fashion Week – 2022. All outfits are 90%
handmade, outerwear was created using the unique technique of carpet weaving of
Kyrgyz nomads.

The show of national women’s clothing: from ethnic beldemchi and chapans
to modern denim outfits, was held to Kyrgyz folk melodies and enthusiastic
applause from European guests. The guests were especially interested in handmade
felt products and a very actual accessory – masks with national ornaments.
During the event were presented the video materials on the tourism and
investment potential of the Kyrgyz Republic, were held an exhibition-fair of
national products and a buffet of national dishes.

Cultural diplomacy makes it possible to demonstrate not only the national
character and culture of the country, but also to talk about the tourism and
investment potential, to convey to the attention of a big audience the country’s
position on topical issues of the regional and world agenda.

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