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Uzbek Trestle Bed and Bedding

Traveling around Uzbekistan in every teahouse, in any Uzbek courtyard, you will certainly be offered to stay on a trestle bed (Topchan). The Uzbek trestle bed is always decorated with many beddings (kurpachas) and decorative pillows. The trestle bed is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Topchan is a piece of furniture that came to us from the East. In Arab countries, trestle beds are quite common and, moreover,…

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Legendary Lyazgi

On December 12, 2019 legendary Lyazgi dance was included into the Representative List of Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO as an element of cultural heritage of Uzbekistan. Uzbek dances are an ancient tradition of the people. Dance art began to emerge in antiquity as a part of ritual activities. Moreover in the middle Ages the dance was an integral part of Eastern culture. The Uzbek dance is very expressive,…

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Uzbekistan Fashion Week 2019

Uzbekistan Fashion Week 2019 which was held in Tashkent has ended. The main organizer of Fashion Week is the Association of Designers of the Republic of Uzbekistan OSIYO RAMZI with the support of the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for the development of tourism.Tashkent Fashion Week-2019 provides a unique opportunity to professional designers and “Fashion Houses” to demonstrate their collections and provide an opportunity to get information on…

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Beshik

When we talk about the applied arts of Uzbekistan, we usually talk about ceramics, carpets weaving, and embroidery. But we completely forget about our traditional Beshik-cradles. Unfortunately, beshik is gradually becoming a thing of the past. When a child is born in a family Uzbeks call respected mullah, who sings azan to the new-born (azan is welcome prayer). The child hears his/her name for the first time in azan. According…

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“Alisher Navoi” Theater

When talking about Tashkent sights one cannot ignore the famous theater named after Alisher Navoi. Academic Theater Alisher Navoi is the largest theater in Southeast Asia. The history of the Alisher Navoi Bolshoi Theater dates back to the 20s of the XX century. The Musical Drama Theater did not have its own building for performances, so the artists had to perform at the Coliseum Circus Theater. It was the only…

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Ethnic park “Navruz”

In September, the ethnic park “Navruz” was opened in Tashkent. What is noteworthy is not only a park with beautiful photo areas in the form of miniature cities of Uzbekistan such as Khiva, Samarkand, Bukhara, but also a very authentic city of artisans. The whole area is a small two-story building with skillfully carved wooden shutters on the windows and doors which are striking in their beauty. And all of…

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Suzani

Today I would like to talk about Suzani. What is Suzani? Translating from Farsi language “Suzani” can mean “a needle”. Suzane or Suzani in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan is a carpet that is embroidered with silk or mouline thread with a special kind of hemstitch called “kandakhiel”. In 2014 four ancient Uzbek Suzanis were immediately sold for £ 43,875 at the Sotheby’s auction in London. These works of decorative and applied…

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Skull-cap (tyubiteyka)

Today I would like to talk about a skull-cap. There is a legend about the creation of the skull-cap. According to this legend, in old and ancient times there were disputes between supporters of orthodox Islam and representatives of nomadic culture, for whom the strict and severe prohibitions of religion were alien.Arab missionaries wanted to force a young beautiful woman living in the steppe to put a headscarf on her…

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Khan Atlas

Today, like many centuries ago, khan-atlas is one of the most recognizable brands in Uzbekistan. A rave of colour of the silk is amazing in its originality and magnificence. It is interesting that khan-atlas is used in  collections by well-known designers like Oscar de la Renta, Gucci, John Galliano. It is very pleasing that today the khan – atlas recovered its former glory and again adorns women from all over…

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National Dances

Uzbek national dances let to more deeply understand the people feel their character, desires, aspirations. Uzbek dance is distinguished by smoothness, grace and most importantly by colorful costumes. The dancers spin in the dance like whipping-tops, hover in the air and freeze in deep hogs. Then, modestly bowing they fall to their knees and gently wave their hands. Their dance can impress everyone. In old times the dancers of Bukhara…

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