IkatUZ is located in the rural village of Margilan in the breathtaking Fergana Valley, Uzbekistan which is also the most vital silk production center in all of Central Asia.
During the Soviet Union’s seven-decade rule, regional crafts in its fifteen republics largely declined. Since establishing independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991, Uzbekistan has faced many challenges including widespread poverty and civil unrest. The art of ikat weaving in Uzbekistan dates back to the kingdoms of Bukhara and Samarkand. However, in recent history, this ancient craft largely went into decline headed towards possible extinction. Indigenous craft skills were not encouraged during the Soviet period, and the introduction of synthetic dyes undermined traditional Ikat processes of using natural dyes. Leading the renaissance was master weaver Rasuljon Mirzaahmedov with the development of IkatUZ.
Growth & Community Development:
The IkatUZ workshop employs over twenty-five weavers and master weaver Rasuljon now teaches the historical Ikat craft art across the world. Today, the success, and the livelihoods of weavers who work with IkatUZ, depends on reviving traditional techniques, bringing ancient patterns back to life as well as creating contemporary designs.
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Azadi Project is privileged to work with such a dynamic and talented group of people. Not only do the artisans and producers at IkatUZ produce beautifully authentic Ikat weaving, but they are also leaders in social and community development. We hope this partner relationship helps IkatUZ to revive this historical style of weaving.