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Archive of Blog: February 2019

Pichak (pchak) - a knife or a piece of art?
Rubric: Handicrafts
Published: 20 february 2019

The most famous craft in the ancient Bukhara is the blacksmith's craft. Stories about the great artisans of that time can be found in the books of the 10th century, the great Uzbek scholar Abu Rayhan al-Biruni. For a long time, such craftsmen made various metal products that were highly valued by the merchants of the Great Silk Road: these were royal shining sabers, knives like sharp blades, various tools used in medicine and in tailoring. Today, masters from the ancient city of Bukhara show their guests true craftsmanship in the form of knives or sabers handmade. The traditional Uzbek knife, called Pichak, is customary to give in the East. It is not only a wonderful gift for a man, but also an indispensable tool in the kitchen, especially if his handle and blade are decorated with engravings. These knives stand out among the rest. Each of them has a very distinctive look - a rather na...

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Madrasah of Abdulkasim Sheikh
Published: 06 february 2019

Travel lovers are a very special category of people who appreciate new experiences, discovering the culture and traditions of new countries. Tours to Uzbekistan are made specifically for such travelers. They are filled with the wisdom of the East, millennial traditions, beautiful and mysterious monuments of architecture, which are the heritage by our ancestors. One of these monuments is the madrasah of Abdulkasim Sheikh, located in the sunny city of Tashkent. Madrasah is translated from arabic as “to study” and is a Muslim educational institution for future clergymen, teachers and government workers. Madrasah of Abdulkasim Sheikh was built in 1850 and was part of the Khonakoyi Muyi Muborak ensemble's complex. In the period before 1864, it was one-story, but after a well-known earthquake, it was decided to finish the second floor. Before the earthquake, a mosque, a men's bath ...

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Gijduvan pottery
Rubric: Handicrafts
Published: 12 february 2019

Uzbek ceramics is very rich and diverse. It varies greatly depending on the region where it’s producing. Each region has its own school and traditions. The most interesting ceramics is produced in Gijduvan, a district center near Bukhara. It was the ceramics center for many years. Masters from other cities usually come here to study and to know secrets. Gijduvan ceramics For making ceramics Gijduvan masters use exclusively white clay, which is imported from Gozlika (a place near Bukhara). They also add to clay a reed fluff to protect the product from cracking. During firing the fluff completely burn out, forming a cavity. These cavities are required to prevent products cracking at high heat. Gijduvan pottery is recognizable by its greenish-brown color, as well as by figurative painting and abr stains that resembling patterns Uzbek fabrics. Unique patterns There are more than 300 st...

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Legend of khan-atlas
Published: 06 february 2019

Khan-atlas is traditional uzbek fabric, made from dense silk. The fabric has interesting complex netting. And it’s coloring made by natural dyes. There’re a lot of legends about khan-atlas and there’s one of them: Many centuries ago one of Marghilan rulers fell in love with beautiful daughter of a poor artist and wanted to marry her at any cost. Having heard this news, the father of the young beauty was saddened. So he came to the palace and asked the ruler not to marry his daughter. Khan didn’t agree and laid down one condition.  If the artist could create something beautiful and unusual till the next morning, the Khan would forget about his daughter. “It’s impossible” – thought the artists and came out of palace. Saddened, hesat near arik (small channel). At once he saw reflection of cloudsin the water and this reflection was colore...

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