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Uzbek Textiles

Carter Malik

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Central and Southwest Asia 2010

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After the creation of the independent republic of Uzbekistan in 1991, Uzbek textiles, with their brilliant color combinations and decorative exuberance, drew much interest from the international community and fashion experts. Silk wall hangings, ceremonial robes, and ikat dresses from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries began to appear more often in private collections, galleries, museums, and boutiques around the world. Khan atlas (silk satin-weave ikat), suzani embroidery (needlework)

Dress from Tajikistan and Uzbekistan

Christina Sumner

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Central and Southwest Asia 2010

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Geographically, the Central Asian region is generally very dry, with two large river systems, the Amu Dar’ya and Syr Dar’ya, which flow westward from the mountains of Tajikistan across Uzbekistan and empty into the Aral Sea. Occasional oases along these river systems offered fertile environments for settlement, agriculture, and trade; cotton and silk, both vital for clothing and textiles, were essential products.

History of West Turkistan and Its Influence on the Dress of South Central Asia

Willem Vogelsang

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Central and Southwest Asia 2010

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West Turkistan is the name traditionally given to the lands that stretch east of the Caspian Sea and north of modern Iran and Afghanistan. To the east, it is bordered by the rising peaks of the Altai and Karakoram mountains, which mark the modern frontier with China. To the north lies the wide expanse of Kazakhstan. West Turkistan is a harsh and arid region that until the early twentieth century was largely inhabited by nomads. Villages and urban centers developed at specific places where water w

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