Forgotten Folk Crafts
The 1st Tashkent International Festival of Decorative and Applied Arts is taking place these days in the capital of Uzbekistan.
The festival of art is held for the first time and is a kind of experiment. Organizers - the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan - set a goal to turn this action into a biennial of arts and crafts. Its goal is to strengthen international cultural ties, popularize traditional and modern arts and crafts of Uzbekistan and other countries, revive forgotten folk crafts, identify interesting experimental forms in applied art.
For 26 years of state independence, many regional schools of ceramics, embroidery and textiles have been preserved in our country. Nurtured by more than one generation of professional masters, passing the craft on the principle of «Ustoz-Shogird.» The state renders great support for the development and propaganda of the applied arts of Uzbekistan not only inside but also outside the country.
The exposition of the festival will reveal a wide range of contemporary decorative and applied art. Folk masters of Uzbekistan will demonstrate the existing schools of ceramics, embroidery, weaving, woodcarving, jewelry art and many other things in the republic. At the roundtable, leading specialists of applied art will be able to discuss current problems of the current state of traditional and non-traditional crafts. There will be master classes and defile of modern costume for students of specialized educational institutions, as well as Uzbek and foreign designers.
Guest of the festival - Honored Artist of Ukraine Mamut Churlu said: «Today, the Uzbek folk art is represented in all its glory and splendor. We are present at a historic event, because here there is an international cultural community. Uzbekistan created a platform for the display of applied art of the peoples of the world. I consider this a very important event and I congratulate the people of this country. UNESCO expert on intangible cultural heritage Dinara Chochunbaeva believes that the festival is very important. «Since the time of the Soviet Union, Uzbekistan has a deep theoretical base in this sphere. We have already completed work on an online encyclopedia of traditional art, which was initiated by the World Craft Council of the Asia-Pacific region. The leadership of Uzbek theorists was also noticeable here. In your country a very large range of crafts, a rich range, a variety of species. I thank the organizers for being able to gather here professionals and fans of arts and crafts,» she said.
Guests of the festival are creative figures from Azerbaijan, Great Britain, Germany, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, China, South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Russia, Tajikistan.