This week, we’re visiting the Central Asian silk ikat weaving center in Margilan, Uzbekistan. Unless he is away tending to one of his myriad projects around the country, we’ll be visiting the ikat weaving studios of Aziz Murtazaev, founder of the Crafts Studio IkatUz cooperative. Like Munira Akilova of Tajikistan, Aziz is a modern renaissance man and wears many hats in the craft world of Uzbekistan and beyond.
“Ikat” is an Indonesian word meaning “bind.” Modern textile experts around the wor...
Yes, I’m finally back here in Central Asia! I’m not absolutely positive, but I’m pretty sure that I started talking about the idea of leading a tour way back in 2018.I know that I was displaying a Tour flyer at an event in the fall of 2019. But the pandemic intervened, so it feels like a miracle that we’re finally here on the ground in the heart of the ancient Silk Road.
Since 2017, HoonArts has been a proud member of the Fair Trade Federation. After we were officially accepted as members of the FTF following a year-long application and verification process, we changed our legal business name is “HoonArts Fair Trade, LLC” to emphasize our official fair trade status. But what is "fair trade" and why does it matter?
The Fair Trade Federation (FTF) is a community of verified North American businesses that are dedicated to the principles of fair