The traditional XVll festival "Silk and Spices" within the framework of the project to revive the "Great Silk Road" as a grand tourist route opened in Bukhara.
According to the idea of the organizers, the event is intended to remind that countless caravans from China and Southeast Asia were transported to Europe and what role this legendary transport artery played in interpenetrating different cultures and the dialogue of peoples.
Over the long tradition, the festival began with a theatrical procession in the historical part of the city and a folklore and ethnographic concert-performance at the famous Lyabi-Khauz architectural complex. Simultaneously, on the square in front of the famous citadel of Ark, the residence of the emirs of Bukhara, a colorful exhibition-fair was opened, on which various spices and spices were presented. Local experts and foreign experts tell the participants and guests of the festival how cinnamon and ginger, turmeric and saffron, paprika and marjoram, black pepper, coriander came to Central Asia for the first time. Tourists are presented with spices, which are grown in Uzbekistan today, offering dishes with their use. At the same time guides acknowledge that most spices and spices, like hundreds of years ago, still have to be imported.
A silk production is mastered to perfection. Weavers demonstrate to tourists how handcrafted according to ancient Chinese technologies weave and paint the famous canvas. In the program of the holiday - carrying out a defile, during which local designers will present their collections. Guests of the ancient city will be able to see firsthand how organic clothes from classical silk look organically against the background of architectural monuments.
As representatives of the State Committee for Tourism of Uzbekistan told TASS, master craftsmen from all regions of the republic, but also from Russia and Afghanistan, take part in this festival. Gold embroidered robes and headdresses, unique examples of embroidery, embossing on metal, blue rishtan ceramics and many other items of applied art are widely represented at the exhibition stands and in the shopping arcades.
Within the framework of the festival, well-known historians and local historians tell the guests that the "Great Silk Road" represented hundreds of caravan routes linking China and South-East Asia with the Mediterranean. They mostly exported silk, where this name originated. The incredible popularity of silk in the West was associated not only with the beauty of exotic Chinese fabric. Its special smoothness was an insuperable barrier to lice, fleas and other parasites, from which all of Europe suffered.
The festival will end with the holiday of pilaf, its skills will be demonstrated by cooks-oshpazy from different regions of Uzbekistan. Also planned here are the mutton and cockfights that are popular here.
Corr. TASS Valery Biryukov