The artist attached great importance to Kazakh folk jewelry, because it plays a special role in the national cultural history. Archaeological excavations confirm the fact that extraction of valuable metals was developed since ancient times on the territory of Kazakhstan.
Kazakh craftsmen mostly worked alone and passed on their secrets to descendants. Jewelers created women’s jewelry such as earrings, bracelets, rings, pendants and others. Onirzhiek differed among other jewelry, it was required to wear for young mothers who breastfed as it was believed that it protected from basilisk-glance.
The exhibits presented at the exhibition are original works or ancient items from private collection of Kazakh artist and jeweler Berik Alibay.
Berik Alibay is a true gentleman of virtue, jewelry art and crafts of Kazakh people, uses silver, precious metals and techniques, such as filigree and engraving.
Zhainamaz. From private collection
The artist has a number of regalia and titles for great achievements in jewelry. B.Alibay is a cultural professional of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the laureate of contest «Astana Baiterek», winner of Karl Faberge Order. He restored a short sword «akinak» of the Goldern Warrior of Issyk Kurgan, made a belt «kemer beldik» and a mace «asatayak» which was worn at the inauguration of President of the Republic of Kazakhstan — Nursultan Abishevich Nazarbayev.
The exhibition of Berik Alibay acquired international attention and recognition, the exhibition of his works was held in Russia, China, Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, France, Japan and Turkey.
By Malika MURSALIMOVA