Feast of An­cient Tra­di­tions

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - TRAVEL -

Bukhara has hosted the 17th in­ter­na­tional fes­ti­val of silk and spices. It cov­ered the streets stretch­ing for one and a half kilo­me­ters from the an­cient fortress Ark to the Labi-Havuz com­plex, as well as their sur­round­ings. Each event of the fes­ti­val was rem­i­nis­cent of hand­i­crafts, paint­ings of cul­tural life from the past of Bukhara.

The buy­ers were sat­is­fied with pot­tery, jew­elry, goldem­broi­dered hand­made ar­ti­cles, silk fab­rics from the Ferghana Val­ley, Boisun wool car­pets with flo­ral or­na­ments, skull­caps, silk prod­ucts of Shahris­abz, orig­i­nal works of Karakalpak, Khorezm, Navoi, Sa­markand masters.

The fes­ti­val has turned into a unique demon­stra­tion of the pos­si­bil­i­ties of hand­i­craft in our coun­try. Among the prod­ucts, the works of the mas­ter Ab­dulla - the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Narzul­laev dy­nasty, fa­mous in our coun­try and abroad - pot­ters from Gi­j­du­van were es­pe­cially prom­i­nent.

“I par­tic­i­pated in many in­ter­na­tional ex­hi­bi­tions,” said Ab­dulla Narzul­laev. “They pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to en­ter for­eign mar­kets. And at to­day’s fes­ti­val our pot­tery was pop­u­lar.”

“I came to Bukhara for the first time,” says Park Yong Sun, a South Korean tourist. “Dreamed to see the world­fa­mous ar­chi­tec­tural mon­u­ments, and watch­ing them first­hand was amazed. This is truly a mir­a­cle. My trip co­in­cided with the fes­ti­val of silk and spices. I am stunned at how care­fully and with love your peo­ple have at­ti­tude to the tra­di­tions of na­tional hand­i­craft, the her­itage of their an­ces­tors.”

The fes­ti­val was at­tended by ar­ti­sans from Cen­tral Asia and Rus­sia.

“We as a large group came to the fes­ti­val of silk and spices this year,” said Ho­moyun Sa­mani from Afghanistan. “Since we are neigh­bors, we have a lot in com­mon in ethnog­ra­phy and crafts­man­ship. Here our pre­cious stones are very pop­u­lar. You have a lot of masters work­ing in this di­rec­tion.”

At the ex­hi­bi­tion-sale it was pos­si­ble not only to see or ac­quire sam­ples of na­tional crafts­man­ship, but also to learn about the com­plex process of man­ual la­bor at mas­ter classes.

Our coun­try is also rich in spices. They not only add fla­vor to dishes, but also have medic­i­nal prop­er­ties. At the palov com­pe­ti­tion, vis­i­tors could taste dishes with dif­fer­ent sea­son­ings.

Within the frame­work of the fes­ti­val per­for­mances of folk­lore and ethno­graphic en­sem­bles from var­i­ous re­gions of our coun­try were pre­sented. The choir team of the Chelyabinsk State In­sti­tute of Cul­ture (Rus­sia) also par­tic­i­pated in the event with its con­cert pro­gram.

“Our in­sti­tute has been co­op­er­at­ing with the Bukhara State Uni­ver­sity for many years,” says Natalia Sa­fonova, the head of the choir. “Within the frame­work of the cul­tural ex­change pro­gram in March, col­leagues from Bukhara vis­ited our coun­try and pleased us with songs ded­i­cated to Navruz. At their in­vi­ta­tion, we now came to the fes­ti­val. The spe­cial at­mos­phere, the mood reign­ing on this hol­i­day, unit­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives of dif­fer­ent coun­tries, leave un­for­get­table im­pres­sions.”

Also, the col­lec­tions of young fash­ion de­sign­ers pre­sented at the fes­ti­val, the pre­sen­ta­tion of the film about the his­tory of Uzbek­istan were very in­ter­est­ing.

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