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Uzbekistan Tours:
Tour "Crafts of Uzbekistan"

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Itinerary # 1 Cities follow: Tashkent - Samarkand - Bukhara - Tashkent
Duration: 8 days
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Itinerary # 2 Cities follow: Tashkent -Kokand - Rishtan - Fergana - Margilan - Chust - Tashkent - Urgut - Samarkand - Shahrisabz - Bukhara - Tashkent
Duration: 8 days
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Tour "Crafts of Uzbekistan"

In everyday terms, in our houses we are surrounded by soulless objects made on the production line in large quantities. Such thing has no its past, no creator and nor future. Think about what things are around you? Do you smile when looking at the thing in your house? Does it make your life warmer and happier?

Every thing has its long story. It has its creators - human or machine, it has a certain period of time - a few years or centuries.

We invite you to plunge into the world of things created by human hands. They have vibrant energy, history stretches back centuries.

You can visit shops where you can observe the process of making traditional handicrafts on ancient technology, and even take part in the process of creation, turned into an art form.

You can get craft product at first hand from craftsmen, whose works have adorned museums in London and Paris.

Crafts and trade were the main activities of the population of Central Asia on the Silk Road. Masterpieces created by artisans were known far beyond the country. Shortly after the arrival of the Industrial Revolution, crafts became extinct, engaging in arts and crafts became unprofitable and expensive.

In our time there is an active process of reconstruction of the techniques of ancient crafts.

Wandering the old streets, you'll understand why Bukhara and Samarkand became centers of handicrafts in Uzbekistan.

You will get acquainted with such kinds of crafts such as stamping - craft, originating at the source of the Uzbek civilization. Decorate traditionally with stamping vessels for water, trays and plates, which were used not only for practical purposes, but also to demonstrate the well-being.

Woodcarving. Lack of forest and wood spawned reverent attitude toward it, so wood products carefully and lovingly worked up by the skilled hands of masters. Doors, gates, columns and terraces of Uzbek houses, especially in Samarkand, are carefully decorated with carvings. They also decorate with carving tables, pencil boxes, boxes for jewelry.

Traditional embroidery (Suzanne) develops thanks to the artisans, restoring their former fame. Artizans embroider patterns on handmade fabrics with silk yarns, which colored dyes, derived from anything that grows on Uzbek land: nuts, pomegranate, onion, rose petals, spices and flowers of fruit trees.

A characteristic feature of the East and especially of Uzbekistan, is a love for luxurious jewelry. Nowadays it is almost impossible to meet Uzbek woman without earrings, bracelets, rings, or beads. Master - Zargar usually uses gold or silver in combination with precious stones for manufacturing jewelry.

Gijduvan - in the last century was an important trading town and the handicraft center. We shall visit the famous ceramic studio in Gijduvan, where you will have the opportunity to observe the process of making pottery and visit the museum of ceramics. If you wish, you can attend a special training course under supervision of Gijduvan masters.

Bukhara Crafts Development Center is located in the building of the caravanserai Saifiddin.

Central Asia Miniatures - handwritten book was valued in Muslim society as a sacred and precious and was a collaborative effort of the calligrapher, ornamentalists, miniaturist, and a bookbinder. Reading and treating the manuscript should have been delivered intellectual and aesthetic pleasure.

We stop in the workshop of the puppets maker. In the East since ancient times two types of folk theater have been widely known: the theater of the shadows and puppet theater. Puppet actors from with their theater appeared at festivals, weddings and private events. Special master were engaged in making puppets.

Tim of Abdullakhan in Bukhara is a bazaar of the indoor type, in 16 th century was used for trade in precious silk fabrics. In Tim there is a workshop of the production of traditional silk fabrics - adras, hon-atlas on ancient technology. In Bukhara fabrics there were used colorful combinations of colors, made of natural dyes on the unique technology of dyeing.

Until the 20 th century only men were engaged in gold embroidery. Skills passed from father to son from generation to generation. In our time women wostly are engaged in this. We visit the Craft Center Sabdagar, which restores the ancient technology of gold embroidery and teach it to youth.

In the 19 century in Bukhara there was a great set of blacksmith's workshop, which later disappeared. In our days in Bukhara there are about 40 smithies, whereknives, shears, hoes, shovels, sickles and other tools for artisans are made.

On the Great Silk Road there was an active trade in carpets. In the bazaars of Bukhara the best carpets, imported from all over the emirate, were sold. In the 20 century factory production of carpets had replaced for a while handmade one, which continued to exist only in the villages. Now, in Bukhara, there are several carpet shops.

We visit one of them, it is traditionally employed only family members. We will be demonstrated the process of dyeing yarn with natural dyes and weaving carpets. You will learn to distinguish carpets by their the technique of weaving, to make out silk and wool carpets, Persian and Turkmen.

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The process of silk carpet weaving
The process of silk carpet weaving
Stamping on a metal
Stamping on a metal
Blacksmith
Blacksmith
Stamper
Stamper
Weaving silk fabrics as it was done 1000 years ago
Weaving silk fabrics as it was done 1000 years ago
Puppet making - special kind of the art
Puppet making - special kind of the art
Gold embroidery
Gold embroidery.
Traditional Bukhara bride's attire