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Lola Karimova Tillyaeva: Introducing Uzbek Culture to a European audience

Lola Karimova Tillyaeva: Introducing Uzbek Culture to a European audience

Though Lola Karimova Tillyaeva as been based between Europe and North America for many years, she still feels an enduring connection to her homeland. One of her passions is promoting Uzbekistan´s rich and diverse cultural heritage globally. Several years ago she co-produced a feature film with her husband, businessman Timur Tillyaev. Though the movie is an entertaining piece of cinema in its own right, the film was also produced to bring attention to the life and legacy of Ulugh Beg, one of Uzbekistan’s most celebrated heroes. Lola also organised a fashion show titled: “Fashion in Uzbekistan:Yesterday and Today,” which showcased the evolution of the country´s thriving fashion scene.

Most recently, Lola has founded La Maison de l’Ouzbékistan. Located in downtown Paris, the gallery hosts a gorgeous selection of hand-made homewares, finely crafted silks, fine timber furniture and unique ceramic pieces. Her team at La Maison work hard to display each piece in its correct cultural context, giving give visitors to the gallery a deeper understanding of Uzbek culture. Staff from Galeria Joseph who visited the gallery said:

“Just push the door of “La Maison de l’Ouzbékistan” in the heart of the French capital to be transported to a fascinating country. An open window to this country’s rich culture and artisanal ways, the Central Asian gem offers a total change of scenery through the objects and books it offers.”

Having previously served as Uzbekistan’s Permanenent Representative to UNESCO, Lola Karimova Tillyaeva has experienced first hand how Uzbek culture stunned first time visitors. She envisages La Maison to act as “a cultural bridge between Europe and Central Asia, providing a singular portal to Uzbekistan right in the heart of Paris – a means of introducing Uzbekistan’s rich cultural heritage to a European audience.”

Lola´s commitment to Uzbekistan does not stop there. She is also engaged in philanthropic work – for which she was made a Dame of the Royal Order of Francis I in 2018.

The flagship of Lola and Timur´s charitable operations in Uzbekistan is the NGO, You Are Not Alone. The NGO aims to help underprivileged children in Uzbekistan. Since 2002, Lola and Timur’s foundation has been funding upgrades for orphanages and care homes across the country. They have also set up The Educational Centre which specifically targets kids at risk of dropping out of school. By employing specially qualified educators and tailoring the syllabus to the needs of each student, the centre has helped keep more children in school and reduced the rate of dropouts. A significant number of students in the program also go onto higher education. You Are Not Alone also offers programs and scholarships to these students to support them in the later stages of their education.

Thus, while La Maison de l’Ouzbékistan promotes Uzbekistan’s history and culture, Lola and Timur’s charitable work is helping to ensure the children of the country have a brighter future.

La Maison de l’Ouzbékistan: a cultural bridge between Central Asia and Europe

La Maison de l’Ouzbékistan: a cultural bridge between Central Asia and Europe

Though Lola Karimova now spends her time between Europe and North America, her connection to her homeland remains strong. Promoting Uzbekistan’s rich cultural heritage is one of her passions.     Recently, Lola Karimova Tillyaeva opened the doors to La Maison de l’Ouzbekistan, a gallery located in downtown Paris. Having served for many years as Uzbekistan’s permanent… Continue Reading

Lola Tillyaeva’s debut book ‘Be Your Own Harmonist’ is a guide to building a balanced life

Lola Tillyaeva’s debut book ‘Be Your Own Harmonist’ is a guide to building a balanced life

Lola Tillyaeva manages to cram an astonishing amount into her day. Entrepreneur, environmental activist, author and humanitarian are just some of the roles that she has juggled. In addition to that, she also holds a doctorate in psychology. So it’s not surprising that the question Lola is often asked is how she manages such a… Continue Reading

Lola Tillyaeva remains committed to promoting education and Uzbek culture

Lola Tillyaeva remains committed to promoting education and Uzbek culture

Lola Tillyaeva has earned a well-deserved reputation for contributing to the educational and cultural development of her Uzbek homeland. Though she is now based overseas, her attachment to the land of her birth is profound. This can be witnessed through her longest-running foundation, You Are Not Alone, which has been supporting the education of disadvantaged… Continue Reading

‘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.… Continue Reading

12 Amazing Things You Didn’t Know about Your Sense of Smell

12 Amazing Things You Didn’t Know about Your Sense of Smell

Take a moment to marvel at the remarkable sense that allows you to distinguish the perfume’s many complex layers and subtle variations: your sense of smell. Although we often take this precious sense for granted, our sense of smell is so powerful and so intertwined with our moods, memories, and overall health, that it deserves… Continue Reading

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

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