Aizada Imports is a new store on the Walking Mall located at 26 N. Last Chance Gulch next door to the Holiday Inn. The store features felted woolen handicrafts from the country of Kyrgyzstan. Store owner and manager, Paula Halverson has been working with women in Central Asia for over 10 years, selling at fiber arts festivals, trunk shows and special exhibitions. She chose Helena as a location for a new store. The store also showcases other Fair Trade products from around the world. One of the reasons Halverson selected Helena for her bricks and mortar store is because of the diplomatic relationship with Kyrgyzstan as part of the Partners in Peace Program with the Montana National Guard, the capital being a central location for this program.
Products in the store include slippers, hats, bags, dolls, scarves, rugs and home décor all made from wool. The stylish hats, scarves and slippers compliment the Montana lifestyle being warm, practical and yet fashionable. The topography and climate of Kyrgyzstan and Montana are identical making the fashion items suitable for our weather and the outdoor lifestyle both places share. There are also handicrafts from Mexico, Central America and Africa to choose from.
Aizada Imports is interested in including fiber arts products from Montana in the store as well and invites producers of wool, handmade fiber materials and finished product to bring in their fibers and crafts. They plan to create a space for felting workshops and events that are fiber related. In February they will be hosting Jennifer Pryor and Karen Davidson who will be presenting a travelogue on Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Dates to follow soon.
Please stop in to check out this new addition to the walking mall and find out all that will be happening in their store this winter!