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Kyrgyzstan|life|July 5, 2024 / 11:06 AM
Life in rural Kyrgyzstan: Batken man made about 500 komuz musical instruments in 20 years

AKIPRESS.COM - Karim Dyikanov, 59, from the village of Bujum in Batken region, has been crafting musical instruments komuz and kyl-kiyak for 20 years.

Dyikanov noted that he has made around 500 komuz instruments to date.

"I also make kyl-kiyak. I learned this craft on my own, I'm self-taught. To this day, I exchange experiences with other masters. Orders come from various parts of the country, as well as from Russia and America," he said. 

Karim Dyikanov added that the cost of komuz instruments ranges from 9,000 to 15,000 soms.

"The crafting of komuz requires a lot of time. For instance, properly preparing the wood takes 2 years. Once the material is ready, the actual cutting takes 10 to 15 days. Ornamentation can also be applied. The size of the komuz varies depending on who it is made for: a large person or a small one," he shared.

Karim Dyikanov himself plays the komuz as well.

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