In the Brightest Traditions of the Past

In Bukhara, the traditional 16th International Festival "Silk and Spices" has come to an end, in which folklore concerts, folk games, a food fair, a festival of pilaf, defile, master classes from craftsmen were held.

 The festival began at the ancient fortress Ark with a theatrical performance. Under the sounds of the karnais and surnais a festive procession of the legendary heroes of the past, guests and participants of the festival went to the Labi Havuz complex – the center of the festival events.

In the exhibition and trade rows organized within the framework of the event Bukhara copper chased, ceramic, jewelry, gold embroidered suits, wall embroideries-suzane, skullcaps, satin and adras, porcelain dishes, woolen and silk products from Surkhan, carved wooden products of Tashkent Masters, samples of beadwork from Jizzakh, made by local and foreign artisans, silk products, spices, herbal remedies were exhibited. Artists, miniaturists, jewelers, copper makers, blacksmiths, manufacturers of carpets from Bukhara, masters of the Gijduvan ceramics school conducted master classes.

At the festival, folklore and ethnographic collectives from all regions presented performances. Special interest among the participants was caused by national sports competitions and folk games. Here the program "Uzbek silk through the eyes of the world" was held with the participation of famous designers and young designers, a competition of cooks for cooking pilaf.

Despite the digital age, the spirit of the refined romance of the Ancient East still reigns in Bukhara. The festival "Silk and Spices" is designed to revive interest in the cultural heritage of the Great Silk Road and demonstrate the high level of mastery of Bukhara artisans.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)


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