Where does your mind go when you see the word “Uzbekistan”?
Have you ever heard of Uzbekistan and wondered where it is, or what this country in Central Asia has to offer?
Uzbekistan is a land of ancient cities, rich history, and stunning architecture. The country is known for its beautiful mosques, madrasas, and mausoleums, all intricately decorated with intricate tilework and ornate carvings.
If you're a fan of traditional crafts, Uzbekistan is also famous for its ikat weaving (recognized on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage) and suzani embroidery.
And let's not forget about the food! Uzbek cuisine is a delicious blend of Central Asian and Middle Eastern flavors, with dishes like palov (often simply referred to as “plov”) (rice pilaf) (also inscribed on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage), shashlik (grilled meat), and samsa (savory pastries).
To learn more about Uzbekistan’s rich culture and history with a special focus on the lens of textile design, visit our several blog posts about Uzbekistan:
- Tying a Cloud - Silk Ikat Weaving from Uzbekistan
- What do the US Civil War & Modern Uzbekistan Have in Common?
- “Ceramic Surprize” from Uzbekistan—Master Abdulvahid Bukhoriy
- Musical Magic from Samarkand
- “Tying a Cloud”: Ikat Weaving with Aziz Murtazaev
- Frolicking in Uzbekistan
- Ikats–A Celebration of Color in Uzbekistan
- Preparing the Ikat Loom: From our Artisan Partners at Craft Studio IkatUz
- Ikat Weaving: Meet One of Uzbekistan's Master Ikat Weavers
In the meantime, check out the video below to see where Uzbekistan and several of its cultural centers are actually located.
Our ikat weaving artists at work: