An exposition of Uzbek national skullcaps entitled “Skullcap Embroidered with Golden Silk” has opened at the International Caravansaray of Culture at the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan.
Organized owing to the announcement of this year as the one of the Health of the Child, the exhibition is attended the representatives of artistic creative organizations, art critics, artists, artisan masters, art amateurs as well as students.
At the opening ceremony of the exposition, chairman of the Uzbek Academy of Arts A.Nuriddinov and other speakers noted that the wide-ranging efforts being marshaled during independence years under the leadership of our President have been yielding remarkable effects in bolstering our national identity, studying and promoting our rich history and the cultural heritage.
The art of sewing embroidered skullcaps is indicative of the fact that the national craftsmanship in our country has been well advanced from ancient times. Even today, its unique schools and traditions are being continued with dynamism by our artisans. The exhibition houses a demonstration of a personal collection by the Tashkent-based Fakhriddin Abdujabborov that comprises more than fifty samples of ancient national skullcaps.
“I collect labor implements, household appliances, jewelry items and national apparel made with the ray of soul by our ancestors,” Abdujabborov says. “The national skullcaps are of special importance among them. This exhibition hosts for the first time the ancient samples of skullcap making schools of provinces. This headdress that reflects the national values and regional customs has never left indifferent not only tourists from abroad, but also our fellow country men and women.”
The art of skullcap making is widespread in Tashkent, Ferghana, Samarkand, Bukhara, Kashkadarya, Surkhandarya, Khorezm regions and Karakalpakstan. This headgear is sewn distinctly in terms of styles and appearance. Notably, skullcaps are made in circle, cupola-like shape in bright colors in Surkhandarya and Kashkadarya regions, while in the Ferghana Valley they are black-and-white thread sewn skullcaps for men, women and children. At the same time, our “Iroqi”, “Chust”, “Quqon”, “Marghilon” and “carpet” skullcaps are renowned abroad, as well.
As master craftspeople note, skullcaps are distinct in their appearance, the embroidery style and the harmony of symbols. The natural surroundings distinct to various regions of our country, the environment, population lifestyle, local traditions also reflect in sewing skullcaps.