Christopher Aslan Alexander was born in Turkey and grew up in war-torn Beirut. After university he moved to Central Asia. While writing a guidebook about Khiva, he fell in love with this desert oasis boasting the most homogenous example of Islamic architecture in the world, and stayed.
Chris is currently back in Central Asia. He has moved from the High Pamirs of Eastern Tajikistan where he worked with yaks, training their herders to comb the cashmere-soft down which will then be processed and hand-spun into luxury fair-trade knitwear. For more details visit: www.yakyakstory.com
Chris now has his sights set on starting a sustainable wood-carving workshop in the village of Arslanbob, Kyrgyzstan; a place with his name on it. Arslanbob is nestled between soaring mountains and the world’s largest natural walnut forest. Alexander the Great’s army is reputed to have made it this far East, bringing Arslanbob’s walnuts back with them and introducing the walnut to Europe.
Chris is writing a follow-up book about his latest misadventures, but still needs to live it before he can finish it.