Silk Rivers

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - CULTURE AND ARTS -

The first lady of the Repub­lic of Latvia, Iveta Ve­jone, while vis­it­ing the Riga char­ity fair, got ac­quainted with the unique color, de­sign and rich con­tent of the Uzbek stand.

Ex­po­si­tions from 30 coun­tries were brought to the exhibition or­ga­nized by the In­ter­na­tional Women's Club of Latvia.

The pur­pose of Uzbek­istan's par­tic­i­pa­tion was to pro­mote the spir­i­tual val­ues of the peo­ple, to pop­u­lar­ize na­tional tra­di­tions, rich unique his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural her­itage. There­fore, in a wide range of prod­ucts were pre­sented dec­o­ra­tive and ap­plied art, as well as de­li­cious dishes of na­tional cui­sine.

The Uzbek plat­form stopped the guests by the works of ar­ti­sans and chic out­fits made of at­las, adras, and ikat. Th­ese types of fab­rics are al­ready well known in the fash­ion world. Ev­ery year the de­mand for them grows, and fa­mous de­sign­ers are ready to ex­per­i­ment us­ing Uzbek can­vases. Re­cently, silk pro­duc­ers in Italy, Spain, Ger­many, Aus­tria, Hun­gary, Slo­vakia, Rus­sia, Turkey and other coun­tries have once again demon­strated their unbridled in­ter­est by vis­it­ing the Uzbek-Euro­pean Silk Fo­rum held in Vi­enna.

Bahrom Sharipov, the chair­man of the Uzbekipak­sanoat as­so­ci­a­tion, said that our coun­try is the third largest silk pro­ducer in the world af­ter China and In­dia, and to date the Uzbek silk in­dus­try has re­ceived a tremen­dous im­pe­tus for in­te­grated de­vel­op­ment based on the cre­ation of a sin­gle full-fledged or­ga­ni­za­tional and tech­no­log­i­cal chain.

The Ital­ian com­pa­nies have al­ready agreed with the Uzbek man­u­fac­tur­ers. The pres­i­dent of the Ital­ian Silk As­so­ci­a­tion, Ste­fano Vi­tali, is im­pressed with the pace of de­vel­op­ment of the silk in­dus­try in Uzbek­istan, which, ac­cord­ing to him, has cen­turies-old tra­di­tions since the Great Silk Road.

The pres­i­dent of the As­so­ci­a­tion of the Na­tional Fash­ion League of Hun­gary, Gabriella Manyi-Valek, ex­pressed her con­fi­dence that the share of Uzbek silk in Europe will con­tinue to grow rapidly. For closer in­ter­ac­tion, the fash­ion league plans to sign a mem­o­ran­dum with the Uzbekipak­sanoat as­so­ci­a­tion to ex­pand co­op­er­a­tion on the pro­mo­tion of Uzbek silk in Hun­gary.

Uzbekipak­sanoat as­so­ci­a­tion to­gether with FAO, UNIDO and the OPEC De­vel­op­ment Fund will be­gin work on the cre­ation of a spe­cial plat­form to de­velop the ex­port po­ten­tial of the re­gion's silk in­dus­try Cen­tral Asian-Euro­pean Silk As­so­ci­a­tion, head­quar­tered in Tashkent.

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