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A knitted Christmas tree made from 70 kilos of yarn installed in Nurzhol Boulevard

A knitted six-meter tall Christmas tree was installed in Nur-Sultan on December 29. The popular flash mob Quraq Korpe Style Eco-Tree was launched in Nur-Sultan two weeks ago. During this time, more than 2,000 squares measuring 20 by 20 centimeters were knitted. The popular project united the cities of Kazakhstan and the residents of the capital. Craftswomen from Russia and Uzbekistan also participated.

Knitters from all over the country, retirees, a nursing home, public funds, social entrepreneurs and artisans took part in the creation of the warm decoration. With the support of school boards of trustees, students from 30 metropolitan schools, their parents and teachers were involved.

The knitted squares from Nur-Sultan and its suburbs, Almaty, Petropavlovsk, Aktobe, Taraz, Karagada were collected in a giant patchwork quilt and put on a metal structure in the shape of a Christmas tree. The current art object turned out to be twice as high as the one installed last year. It took over 70 kilograms of yarn to make the New Year's installation, which is over 70,000 meters in length.

“Velour threads remind us of the soft patchwork blankets from our childhood, made by the hands of our grandmothers and great-grandmothers. We want to unite with the warmth of the hands of all the people of Kazakhstan, create a New Year mood and decorate our city with a bright eco-tree. May it make everyone’s dreams come true,” says the author of the project, a social entrepreneur Rakhima Mukusheva.

Within one week, free master classes were held in the capital, where more than 200 people learned to knit. The main location of the knitters is the Astana Baiterek monument. Craftswomen and guests of the city, being at the top of the monument, learned to knit and were inspired by the charming view of the Pre-New Year capital. The participants of the flash mob note that creation of the Christmas tree united families in a common cause and brought the residents of Nur-Sultan closer together and distracted young people from social networks.

The eco-tree was installed opposite the Baiterek Astana monument in Nurzhol Boulevard (near Aq Meshit Street).

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