Uzbekistan Living Treasures: Celebration of Craftsmanship

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Uzbekistan’s arts and crafts culture goes back millennia, to the days of the Great Silk Road. Its skills and techniques have been tightly preserved through a culture of transmission, passed down from generation to generation—from “usto” (master) to “shogird” (young artisan).

From potters to embroiderers, blacksmiths to wood carvers, goldsmiths to jewelers, Uzbekistan’s craftspeople produce truly special items of the finest skills and materials. These include Suzani, silk fabrics, gold embroidery, ornamental knives, intricate jewelry, handmade carpets, miniature paintings and ceramics that come in a kaleidoscope of patterns and colors. With the rise and prevalence of industrialism and the standards of mass production, these unique items handmade by craftsmen have truly become a special luxury.


  • 340 pages
  • over 250 illustrations
  • English language
  • Released in December 2022
  • W 9.8 x L 13 x 1.6 in
  • Silk Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9781649800756
  • 7.0 lbs.


Yaffa Assouline has worked as a journalist, consultant and creative art director. She specializes in innovative and made-to-measure publishing. She created the first luxury website on the internet,, and developed the first in-flight magazine, Air France Madame, before going on to create customized books and magazines. She authored the book MIA: I. M. Pei, a showcase of architect I. M. Pei’s work for the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar, by photographer Keiichi Tahara. In collaboration with the Qatar Museums Authority, where she worked as the creative art director and a senior adviser, she supervised the opening of the Museum of Islamic Art. She is the author of the books Uzbekistan: The Road to Samarkand, Uzbekistan: Avant-Garde Orientalists and Uzbekistan: Russian Avant-Garde.

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