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Cheber Aul is a village outside Almaty , created for artisans by the government some 20 years ago. It's set in the beautiful Bolshaya Almatinka Gorge - right next to a hydroelectric powere station!
Tourism not being exactly big in Kazakhstan (it is a long way from anywhere remember) the village never really got going and it's a rather hit and miss affair with not a lot happening, but if you are heading up the gorge it's worth a look. Some craftsmen still work out there aand you can buy directly from them.
We were interviewed by a television team from Russia while we were there. They were making a documentary about tourism in the old Soviet states - maybe our comments will have sparked some response and things will have picked up a bit !
The entrance to the gorge is about 15km from Almaty and a bus does goes out there. Ask for Kok-shoky village.
The website contains a lot of information about craft workers in Almaty
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