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Uzbekistan takes part in the international Pottery Fair in Germany for the first time
11 May 2024
Uzbekistan takes part in the international Pottery Fair in Germany for the first time

As we know, Uzbek ceramics and pottery art has been one of the most ancient types of applied art in Uzbekistan. Uzbek pottery schools in the ancient cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Ferghana Valley have been contributing to the enrichment of cultural diversity and human creativity until today. Thus, UNESCO Inscribed the Ceramic Arts in Uzbekistan on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2023.

This year, Uzbekistan participates in the International Pottery Fair held in Germany for the first time. The participation of our country in this cultural event was reported by famous German online publication in Bavaria MERKUR.DE.

The article notes that on May 9-12, the German federal state of Bavaria welcomes potters from all over the world. The number of participants at the 22nd International Pottery Fair has increased by one more country, and Uzbekistan is expected to take part in this international craft event for the first time.

“The big novelty of the event is the fact that the founder of one of the Samarkand pottery schools, Ilkhom Bobomurodov, will present his products at the pottery market for the first time.

The ceramics fair in the German city of Diessen am Ammersee, attracting artisans from an increasing number of countries, once again proves that art and culture are a symbolic sign of mutual understanding between peoples,” the publication reports, quoting the head of the fair, Wolfgang Lösche.

The article also states that this pottery market is not only a communication platform for famous craftsmen, but also an excellent opportunity for young talents to express themselves, get acquainted with innovative ideas and new approaches.

“Visitors to the fair will have the opportunity to learn the secrets of pottery techniques and communicate with craftsmen. “The International Pottery Fair will serve to build a bridge of friendship between cultures, starting with the ancient traditional methods of pottery, which are considered the cultural heritage of different countries,” concludes Merkur.de.

Traditionally, the knowledge related to creating ceramic art was transmitted informally within families in Uzbekistan, from father to son and from grandfather to grandson. Today, an increasing number of potters are now willing to transmit this knowledge to youth from the community and to their daughters and spouses, thereby increasing ceramics production. New potters are trained first by observation, then involvement in different stages of the process and finally by working on their own.

The practice is also transmitted through community art circles, universities, colleges and art schools, as well as at festivals, craft fairs and exhibitions. In addition to its historical and functional significance and artistic value.

Uzbek ceramic and pottery items used in daily life, as well as the souvenirs and gifts, are also in demand among tourists who travel to Uzbekistan. Travelers from all over the world purchase and take Uzbek pottery products to their homeland as they visit Uzbekistan.

 

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Did you know?

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It is Uzbek tradition that the most respected guest be seated farthest from the house’s entrance.

Tashkent’s metro features chandeliers, marble pillars and ceilings, granite, and engraved metal. It has been called one of the most beautiful train stations in the world.

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When you are a host to someone, it is your duty to fill their cups with for the whole time they are with you.  What you must not do, however, is to fill their cup more than half-full.  If you do that as a mistake, say it is a mistake immediately.  Doing it means you want them to leave.  Wow!  Amazing, right?

To Uzbeks, respect means a whole lot.  For this reason they love it if, even as foreigners, you endeavour to add the respectful suffix opa after a woman's name; and aka after a man's.  Example: Linda-opa and David-aka.  You could also use hon and jon respectively.

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Though identified with the Persia, the Zoroastrism probably originated in Bactria or Sogdiana. Many distinguished scholars share an opinion that Zoroastrianism had originated in the ancient Khorezm. Indeed, today in the world there were found 63 Zoroastrian monuments, including those in Iran, India, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Thirty-eight of them are in Uzbekistan, whereas 17 of these monuments are located in Khorezm.

One of Islam's most sacred relics - the world's oldest Koran that was compiled in Medina by Othman, the third caliph or Muslim leader, is kept in Tashkent. It was completed in the year 651, only 19 years after Muhammad's death. 

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Uzbekistan has been ranked one of the safest countries in the world, according to a new global poll. The annual Gallup Global Law and Order asked if people felt safe walking at night and whether they had been victims of crime. The survey placed Uzbekistan 5th out of 135 countries, while the UK was 21st and the US 35th. Top five safest countries:

  • Singapore
  • Norway
  • Iceland
  • Finland
  • Uzbekistan
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