For­got­ten Folk Crafts

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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.

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