I learnt the legend of how felt was discovered from ten-year old Altynbek, my guide as we rode through Chong Kemin valley on a horse and cart. Altynbek told of a poor boy who stuffed holes in his shoes with wool. After days of walking and sweating it pressed into felt. Continue reading →
The publishing house Hertfordshire Press with the support of American University of Central Asia has launched the first national book launch of Kyrgyz writer Kazat Akmatov in Bishkek
Thirteen Steps of Erika Klaus
The national book launch was held on August 22, in American University of Central Asia. The presentation arose a great interest, there had been more than 30 guests, and among them there were representatives of Transparency International Kyrgyzstan, GIZ National Office, Wakan Tanka Publications и Vrijdag Publishers, and of course journalists from local radio and newspapers. Continue reading →
Irish Senator, Fiona O’Malley, volunteered through VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) with The State Committee on Youth Affairs, Sports and Tourism of Tajikistan and the local government of Penjkent. Open Central Asia tracked her down to get an exclusive interview.
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I have been in politics for more than ten years – as a counsellor, TD and Senator. The Prime Minister of Ireland (Taoiseach) appointed me to the upper house of The Irish Parliament in 2007. I am a public servant and believe passionately in my responsibility to represent the people who put me where I am today. Continue reading →
“Seek the strongest colour effect possible … the content is of no importance”
For many centuries the Silk Road was a great highway for the export of luxury goods from China to Europe. Silk, fabrics, porcelain, furs, spices, gems, carpets and other exotic goods of Asia moved along this “road” to the West. In the 19th century the Ikat fabrics from Central Asia became very popular among the traders on the Silk Road. Samarkand and Bukhara became the centres of the finest Ikat fabric production called the Han Atlas, which is a 100% percent natural hand-woven and hand-dyed fabric. Its pattern and design was an indication of luxury, power and high social status. Continue reading →
Christopher Edgar - British Ambassador to Uzbekistan
The Ambassador represents Her Majesty The Queen and the UK government in the country to which they are appointed. They are responsible for the direction and work of the Embassy and its Consulates, including political work, trade and investment, press and cultural relations, and visa and consular services. Continue reading →