Color in Uzbekistan has deep cultural meaning. The traditional art of ikat weaving joyfully celebrates this connection with color. Traditional ikat patterns often use 4 to 8 different colors. Enjoy this mini-travelogue video (less than 1 minute) through the modern ikat world of the artisans of Uzbekistan. In these pandemic times, it's one of the best globetrotting adventures around. And you don't have to worry about masks, jet lag, or Zoom fatigue.
Aziz Murtazaev, the leader of Craft Studio IkatUz, provided this quick overview of the meaning of some of the most popular colors in Uzbek culture, from his home in Margilan, Uzbekistan:
"Green and blue colors are the most favorite colors in Uzbek culture. [NOTE: Check out the Uzbek flag at the beginning of the video.]
Green color is a symbol of nature, green flora. It is also the color, of Islam which is the dominant religion in Central Asia.
Blue color is associated with [the] blue sky, which symbolizes peace.
Purple is related to festive spring days and blossoming of fruit trees."
Aziz also generously provided all the photos of the ikat production process. You can see the artisans of Craft Studio IkatUz hard at work. These photos reflect only a few of the 37 different steps in producing one of our beautiful ikat scarves.
I’m usually not a huge archeology buff, and I tend to agree with my archeology friend’s assessment that archeologists spend too much time “guessing” what dead people were thinking. But my recent archeology adventures in Tajikistan did give me a new appreciation for the melding of history and culture in archeology. I also freely admit that the enthusiasm of the two archeologists in our 3 ‘Stans Tour group was contagious.
Our first archeological site in Tajikistan was . . .
Since this is Thanksgiving week in the US, I've been taking stock of the many things for which I'm grateful. (I keep a daily gratitude journal where I record five things I'm thankful for, which must be different from the five things noted the day before. This practice, recommended by my fantastic business coach Tania Vasallo, has helped me get through the craziness of the last few years.) My trip to the 'Stans in September and October ranks very high on the top 25 list of gratitude-inducing e...
I love food, but I’m not a true “foodie.” I rarely take photos of food for social media (though my daughter and I do exchange text photos of extra-indulgent desserts). I don’t collect recipes because I rarely cook these days. But food is such an integral part of any travel experience that I thought you would enjoy this “food tour” of Central Asia—incomplete as it may be.
The photos included in this blog are . . .