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Why Did I Go to Central Asia?

“Marco Polo! We should follow the Silk Road!” As my husband grinned, thrilled with his brilliant idea, I blinked, lifted my jaw from the floor and shook my head. He’d done it again. My knees were weak. A falling-in-love again moment. I’m doomed by the way this man and his madcap, audacious, why-the-hell-not ideas get Read the Rest…

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Silk Making in Uzbekistan

Part II on our visit to a traditional silk factory in Margilan, Uzbekistan. This time focusing on the process used. Silk Making: Silk Worms It starts with harvested silkworm cocoons… Silk Making: Extracting the fiber Then soaking the cocoons to soften so the fiber can be extracted… Silk Making: Spinning Thread Then stretching the raw Read the Rest…

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Traditional Silk Factory Margilan Uzbekistan

These women are silk-weavers at the Yodgorlik Silk Factory in Margilan, Uzbekistan. This “factory” is the largest traditional silk factory in Uzbekistan – with silk-worms, mulberry bushes, drying cocoons and reels of hand-spun natural silk. On the day we dropped by (unannounced), we were the only visitors and I think these weavers were a little Read the Rest…

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Crossing the Kyrgyz Uzbek Border

“No, no, no. This is not right!” The female border guard admonished me in stern tones, dismissively tossing my completed customs form into her trash basket. My temper at the petty bureaucracy flared. Ire duly raised, I opened and then quickly closed my mouth. Best not to antagonize. The object was, after all, to get Read the Rest…

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Bukhara Uzbekistan

Genghis Khan sacked Bukhara Uzbekistan in 1220AD. The story goes that he chastised the citizens of the city saying, “If you had not committed great sins, God would not have sent a punishment like me”. Whether he actually said this or not, you have to agree that it’s a great plundering conqueror line. But, even Read the Rest…

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Khiva Uzbekistan

There’s little to do in the old center of Khiva, Uzbekistan except sit and admire the view. The dusty sand-colored buildings are ornately tiled in blues and greens. The minarets stand like lighthouses in the desert over an old town, frozen in time, and a new town sprawling out around the 17th-century walls.

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