Making Ikats: Colors of the Silk Road (VIDEO)

Making Ikats: Colors of the Silk Road (VIDEO)

We caught up with MIR Tour Manager Abdu Samadov, who recently visited one of Uzbekistan’s renowned silk workshops in the Fergana Valley. While inside the studio, he captured this footage of a weaver creating a classic Uzbek silk fabric known as ikat. Take a brief look at the intricate process behind making these brilliant Silk Road textiles in this video. Read More


Silk Road Ceramics of Uzbekistan

Silk Road Ceramics of Uzbekistan

In Uzbekistan, that art is very much alive. Centers of Silk Road ceramics production sprang up in the vicinity of Gijduvan, Rishtan, Samarkand and Tashkent long ago, and are still flourishing. Just as food varies from region to region, so do ceramics. The clay itself is different from region to region, and so are the local ingredients used for dyes to paint the plates and jars. Even more, every artist's eye sees things a little differently. Read More


6 Favorite Arts and Handicrafts from Russia’s Golden Ring

6 Favorite Arts and Handicrafts from Russia’s Golden Ring

Russia's Golden Ring is a modern name given to the ancient towns that form an elliptical circle to the north and east of Moscow. This is where Russian art, architecture and culture began. The historic Golden Ring is celebrated for graceful old churches, famous frescoes and traditional craftsmanship. Here are some of the crafts that made these little towns famous... Read More