How were nomadic yurts made

The Kyrgyz yurt: the real nomadic life

In this post we will introduce you to the long history of the Kyrgyz yurts.

Yurts were a very significant part of Central Asian identity. The portable tents used by the nomadic Turkic peoples, including the Kyrgyz, made it easier for them to move from one place to another. The word yurt comes from the Mongolian word "Urdu", which means a warehouse or a palace. It also means “homeland” or “homeland” in Turkish.

The traditional yurts are made from wool collected from domesticated sheep, goats or yaks. Although it can take a month to build a yurt, nomads can use these yurts for decades and easily move them to their new locations. The round shape of a Kyrgyz yurt also helps to reduce the wind and protects the nomads in extremely cold weather.

Aside from its functionality, a yurt has a deep symbolic meaning in nomadic cultures. A Kyrgyz yurt is not only the home of nomads, but also a symbol of family, tradition, unity and earth.

Kyrgyz yurts and tündük

The tündük is an essential part of the Kyrgyz yurt. It is the crowning circle at the top of the yurt that has a significant meaning. “Tundukchi” is the name of the master who makes a tündük. A tundukchi makes a tunduk that the nomads can use for a lifetime. The tunduk functions as a window to the sky that creates light and ventilation. It is also the emblem of the Turkic peoples, symbolizing their unity and connection.