Feast of Ancient Traditions
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.