Aroma of spices, rejoice, sounds of national instruments and surprised exclamations of tourists brought all inquisitive guests to the 11th Festival “Silk and Spices” has taken place these days in Bukhoro.
For many years Bukhoro was the important center for trading of silk, spices and others goods on the Great Silk Road. The town was famous for its copper-chased manufacturing, jewelry, cotton fabrics, silk and velvet, golden embroidery and big assortment of artistic products meant for everyday use. That was the reason the town was chosen as the venue for this singular festivity. Fifty brilliant masters of central Asia came together in Bukhoro to demonstrate their magnificent handmade articles.
“I get lost in such a diversity of products displayed in the trade show. I wonder how much labor, endurance and inspiration requires each article,” shares her impressions the tourist from Russia Natalia Tkachuk.
The fair was, indeed, filled with great diversity of various articles… Real silks, golden embroidered items, ceramic products, miniature, and woodcarving items - are only a part of represented works among which the guests of the fair chose out souvenirs keepsake.
“I’ve got true delight from folklore show-programs taking place in squares Poi-Kalon and Labi Hovuz. Performances of ropewalkers in Registan Square, folk songs executed by the children’s chorus complemented the picture of the Eastern culture,” told the tourist from South Korea Choong Lee.
Rapture and cheerful mood have become the key guests of the festivity. The fair attendees explored much about the applied art, getting rejoiced at every product, while masters, at their turn, demonstrated their pieces with great pleasure.
The Festival “Silk and Spices” is a singular tourist products arousing huge interest in not a few number of foreign and local tourists. During the festival guests get the opportunity to learn the unique historical heritage of Uzbekistan, singularity and special features of its applied art, national customs and traditions. Furthermore, the festival favors the preservation of cultural heritage, popularization and support of folk trades and their further development.
This event organized by the Bukhoro regional branch of the National Company Uzbekturizm together with the city administration of Bukhoro and Association of Folk Masters Hunarmand allows within a few days to get acquainted with handicraft art of Uzbekistan, to taste Bukhoro sweets, take part in preparation of popular Uzbek plov, as well as attend an ethnographic fashion show at which clothes made from natural fabrics only are demonstrated.