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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

These Breathtaking Tentative World Heritage Sites in Uzbekistan Will Blow Your Mind

These Breathtaking Tentative World Heritage Sites in Uzbekistan Will Blow Your Mind

Prior to being declared an official UNESCO World Heritage Site, a cultural landmark or natural wonder must first be placed on what is known as the “tentative list.” This list serves as a sort of nomination process that allows countries to provide UNESCO with information on sites and properties that they feel are deserving of… 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

Spotlight on the Silk Road in the 21st Century

Spotlight on the Silk Road in the 21st Century

Considered by many scholars to be the first-ever global superhighway, the legendary network of ancient trading routes known as the Silk Road played an instrumental role in shaping our modern world. Connecting the Far East to Mediterranean Europe and encompassing a diverse array of regions in between (including present-day Uzbekistan), the Silk Road not only… 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

This Is the Link Between World Heritage and Uzbekistan

This Is the Link Between World Heritage and Uzbekistan

UNESCO is the acronym for United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization and the organization periodically composes a World Heritage List of historical sites throughout the world. For a site to be designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, there are ten selection criteria and least one must be met. These criteria are explained in… Continue Reading

What You Need to Know about Intangible Cultural Heritage

What You Need to Know about Intangible Cultural Heritage

Although the idea of cultural heritage is most often illustrated by examples of monuments, archaeological sites, and art, it’s important to realize that there’s much more to cultural heritage than concrete objects we can see and touch. Cultural heritage also includes traditions, knowledge, and living expressions that are passed on from generation to generation. These… Continue Reading

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