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Silk Road Journey Through Uzbekistan

22nd May - 5th June or 4th - 18th October 2020

16 days from £0pp

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Uzbekistan is on many a textile lover’s bucket list. Situated on the Silk Road, one of the world’s most important historical trading routes linking China to the Mediterranean, Uzbekistan offers a collection of culture and a fascinating textile history. 
  • Hand stitching workshop with Karin Hellaby
  • Embroidery workshop in Gijduvan
  • City tours of Tashkent, Kokand, Margilan, Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand
  • Folk Show at Madrassah Nadir Divan-Begi with national Uzbek cuisine
 

Perfect for Textile Lovers

Uniquely created for textile lovers, this Stitchtopia textile holiday is the perfect way to discover fascinating fabrics and cultures, whilst travelling to some of the world’s most inspiring places. Our talented stitching expert will be on hand throughout the holiday and host creative workshops with beautifully designed projects inspired by your travels.

Silk Road Journey through Uzbekistan

On this tour we’ll visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Khiva, Bhukara and Samarkand as we pass along the route of the Silk Road. We’ll see examples of local craftsmanship in embroidery, ikat fabrics, carpets and silks and enjoy an embroidery workshop with a local expert as well as two hand-stitching workshops with Karin Hellaby. There’ll be plenty of opportunity for some retail therapy too, as we enjoy the sights, sounds and aromas of the markets and bazaars throughout our journey.

A message from our expert:

The Silk Road was an ancient trading network connecting China to Europe and on this tour we’ll be exploring the crafts and legendary desert cities, as we travel through Uzbekistan. You’ll see the most beautiful tiles which adorn the ancient buildings. These geometric designs are the inspiration for the project I will be teaching. A kit of paper pieces will be provided for you to work with in silk (or cotton) to create a star design. Stars played their part in guiding the ancient travellers and silk was one of the most valuable commodities traded along this route. Join me as we travel to places steeped in history and with breathtaking views looking at a variety of arts and crafts which occupy a prominent place in the cultural history of Uzbekistan.- Karin Hellaby

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Miran International, Tashkent

★★★★★

Enjoy a relaxing and enjoyable stay at this new 5-star hotel. Rooms come equipped with flat-screen TV, air conditioning, minibar and free wifi. The hotel also has a swimming pool.
 

Asmald Palace, Kokand

★★★★

This 4-star hotel is ideally located just a few minutes' walk from the main sights of the city. The décor of rich colours create a mood of warmth and comfort in the bedrooms, which come with free wifi. The hotel also has a swimming pool.

Erkin Palace, Khiva

This new hotel is centrally located just 3 minutes' walk from the city’s main gate. Facilities include wireless internet.
 

Sasha & Son, Bukhara

★★★

Ideally located in the heart of Bukhara, the 3-star boutique hotel was once a Jewish Merchant’s house dating back to the 16th Century. Each room is individually decorated in traditional Bukharan style.
 

Komil Boutique Hotel, Bukhara

★★★

Ideally located in the heart of the old city, this 3-star hotel was originally the house of one of the wealthiest men in the city. Nowadays, this family run boutique hotel offers a combination of traditional Bukharan style and atmosphere with modern conveniences. Hotel facilities include a courtyard café, safety deposit box and free wifi whilst the rooms come equipped with air conditioning, TV, mini bar and hair dryer.

Emirhan, Samarkand

★★★★

Bedrooms in this 4-star hotel come equipped with telephone, television with international channels, safety deposit box, air conditioning, refrigerator and free wifi. The hotel also has a swimming pool.