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‘Fashion in Uzbekistan: Yesterday and Today’ a new project supported by Lola Tillyaeva

‘Fashion in Uzbekistan: Yesterday and Today’ a new project supported by Lola Tillyaeva

The Karimov Foundation has recently launched a new project promoting Uzbekistan’s rich culture, this time through fashion. ‘Fashion in Uzbekistan: Yesterday and Today’ is the latest of many initiatives from the activist, entrepreneur and philanthropist Lola Karimova Tillyaeva. ‘Fashion in Uzbekistan: Yesterday and Today’ is an exhibition exploring how fashion has evolved since the 1960s. Housed in the Tashkent’s elegant House of Photography, the exhibition tells the story of late 20th century Uzbek fashion through an array of photos, clothes, sketches and magazines – each piece with its own unique history.

Contemporary Uzbek fashion is also being displayed alongside the vintage items. Fabulous collections of Saida Amir, Taisiya Chursina, LALI Fashion House (Lali Fazylova), Moel Bosh brand (Zuhra Inat), Markhamat Umarova and Hilola Sher can be found at the exhibition. Aiming to educate and stimulate further interest in Uzbek culture, The Karimov Foundation has put together a catalogue explaining the cultural context of the pieces displayed.

Founded in 2016, the Karimov Foundation is committed to promoting awareness and appreciation for Uzbekistan’s rich, unique cultural heritage. It also provides young Uzbeks access to educational opportunities through merit-based scholarships awarded in various academic disciplines and fields of study. The scholarships enable talented students to pursue their education at world-renowned universities in Europe. Home to major trade cities along the ancient Silk Road, Uzbekistan has been a strategic hub in Central Asian history for thousands of years. Waves of Greek, Persian, Mongol, and Soviet armies have passed through. Following in their wake, Buddhist missionaries, Chinese scholars, Arab mathematicians, and merchants have come from every corner of the world. Each has left imprints on Uzbek history and culture. This heady mix of cultural influences is the inspiration behind The Karimov Foundation’s latest exhibition.

Lola Tillyaeva and Timur Tillyaev’s documentary

Alongside the latest exhibition Lola Tillyaeva and her husband Timur Tillyaev have produced a documentary film on one of Uzbekistan’s most influential thinkers, the 15th Century Uzbek astronomer and ruler Ulugh Beg. Timur has been fascinated by Ulugh Beg ever since early childhood. He explained that “every time I visited Samarkand and heard about the scientific discoveries made by this celebrated scholar and peace-loving ruler – a man who in the 15th century turned Samarkand into the epicenter of the world’s most advanced studies in astronomy – I thought that his extraordinary story should be told to the world.”

Lola Tillyaeva’s other projects

Another one of Lola Tillyaeva’s projects in this vein is the publication of ‘Uzbekistan: An Experience of Cultural Treasures to Colour’. Part colouring book, part historical study of Uzbek culture and history, the book engages the reader with stunning images of Uzbek artefacts. On the facing pages, blank pencil sketches allow the reader to express the feelings inspired by the objects they see. ‘Fashion in Uzbekistan: Yesterday and Today’ is just the latest project whereby Lola Karimova Tillyaeva and Timur Tillyaev demonstrate their ongoing attachment to the rich culture of their homeland.

10 Writers of Turkic Literature You Need to Know About

10 Writers of Turkic Literature You Need to Know About

Central Asian Turkic literature is defined as the written and oral literary traditions of people from the region that encompasses what we now call Uzbekistan, as well as Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and some parts of Tajikistan and Afghanistan. Over the centuries, the people of Central Asia have produced sublime works of literature in a range… Continue Reading

Spotlight on 5 of the World’s Most Beautiful Scents

Spotlight on 5 of the World’s Most Beautiful Scents

Throughout recorded history, people have adorned themselves with perfumes and essential oils that convey deeply meaningful senses of individual personality. The perfumer’s art on display in products from The Harmonist features scents such as rose, oud, vetiver, patchouli, and sandalwood, among other classic perfume notes. These ingredients are derived from the finest sources around the… Continue Reading

What You Need to Know about the Savitsky Collection

What You Need to Know about the Savitsky Collection

Uzbekistan’s northwestern region is home to one of the country’s most extraordinary museums. The Karakalpakstan State Museum of Art—also called the Nukus Museum, after its home city, or the Savitsky Collection, after its founder—features one of the world’s largest collections of avant-garde Russian art, as well as a wide range of both contemporary and folk… Continue Reading

Spotlight on the Suzani – The Beautiful Art of Uzbek Embroidery

Spotlight on the Suzani – The Beautiful Art of Uzbek Embroidery

Derived from the Persian word for needle, a “suzani” is a type of decorative traditional textile that is made in Uzbekistan and other Central Asian countries. The exquisitely embroidered cloth pieces, which feature vibrant color combinations and intricate needlework techniques, have been made by Uzbek women and girls for centuries. Read on to learn more… Continue Reading

A Look at the Amazing History of Uzbek Cinema

A Look at the Amazing History of Uzbek Cinema

For Western audiences who are only just starting to discover Uzbek films—a phenomenon due in large part to some high-profile retrospectives that have been appearing at international film festivals and theaters in the last few years—it may come as a surprise to learn that cinema in Uzbekistan is in fact a tradition that stretches back… Continue Reading

What You Need to Know about Fragrance Composition

What You Need to Know about Fragrance Composition

If you peruse the descriptions of the different signature scents from The Harmonist, a new maison de parfum that draws inspiration for its fragrances from the ancient Chinese philosophy of feng shui, you’ll see references to “top notes,” “middle notes,” and “base notes.” But what exactly do these classifications mean, and how do they relate… Continue Reading

What You Need to Know about Rishtan’s Famous Ceramics

What You Need to Know about Rishtan’s Famous Ceramics

As one of Uzbekistan’s oldest forms of applied decorative arts, ceramics hold a special place in Uzbek cultural heritage. And while beautiful ceramic pieces have been made for centuries by artists all over the country, the vibrant heart of ceramics production in Uzbekistan is undoubtedly Rishtan, a historic small town in the Ferghana Valley not… Continue Reading

7 of the Best Examples of Uzbekistan’s Intangible Cultural Heritage

7 of the Best Examples of Uzbekistan’s Intangible Cultural Heritage

Through the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, adopted in 2003, UNESCO works to preserve and protect those aspects of cultural heritage that go beyond concrete objects that we can see and touch. According to UNESCO’s definition, Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) comprises a vast and vibrant body of traditions, knowledge, and living expressions… Continue Reading

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