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Archive of Blog: November 2018

Chust knives
Rubric: Handicrafts
Published: 27 november 2018

 Since ancient times Chust knives have had a great popularity not only in Uzbekistan but beyond. Chust is a small town in the Namangan region, which is famous for the manufacture of knives. Uzbek knives have peculiarities inherent to the culture of the Central Asia. Therefore, the width of the blade is more than the diametre of the handle. Knives can have typesetting or wooden handle. Besides, skullcaps and colorful woven belts were embroidered in Chust. It is considered that every man must have these three things. Uzbek knife is not a weapon but the object to emphasize the status of the owner.  Chust knives are distinguished by their lightness and elegance, the tip of the blade is curved upward and the “nose” of the handle is slightly folded down. Masters will always offer you a large selection of knives: with threaded, patterns, with bone or wooden handle, and als...

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Carpet factory in Samarkand
Rubric: Handicrafts
Published: 28 november 2018

Where else but in the East, one can observe an abundance of bright colors and tints. And oriental carpets are still famous for this.Uzbekistan has always been famous for producing carpets. Uzbek carpets are rich in embossing and drawing. While being in Samarkand, you of cause will see carpets of unusual colors, weaved by skilled girls, who produce this beauty by their hands.In Samarkand you should visit the carpet factory “Khudjum”, where for many years the famous silk “miracle” has been producing by hand. Only natural silk threads are used for this, and carpets are weaved on vertical or horizontal weaving looms.Unfortunately, the technology of producing these unique articles by the middle of the XIX century had been almost lost. And only by the end of 90s of last century by laborious task, step by step the forgotten trade was restored in Margilan, Khiva and Samar...

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Samarkand bread
Published: 28 november 2018

Samarkand flat bread is famous for its inimitable in its taste and features not to get stale for a long time. Real Samarkand bread should be eligible during three years. So, one should sprinkle the bread with water and warm it in tandyr (clay stove, where flat bread is baked). In modern conditions one can do it with the help of the microwave or common stove.It was known that the Bukharian emir liked Samarkand bread. Once he puzzled his courtiers and ordered that Samarkand bread to be baked in his court.So, the best bread baker was asked in Samarkand. “Emir ordered to come!”, hi was brought to the palace, “now you will bake bread here”. He had to implement the order.But, how the master tried, the bread did not turn out so taste, so soft, as he baked in Samarkand.Bread baker thought, that the matter was in Samarkand flour, or in Samarkand water, but may be in the ta...

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