Uzbekistan Silk & Gold: The Magnificent Art of Costume

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Explore the rich heritage of Uzbekistan's textile craftsmanship, a legacy dating back to ancient times when trade routes positioned the region at the heart of the known world. Silk & Gold: The Magnificent Art of Costume transports you to nineteenth-century Uzbekistan, showcasing the pinnacle of opulence in the costumes of the emirs of Bukhara. Witness the zenith of craftsmanship in ceremonial chapans, entirely embroidered in gold, alongside suzani wall hangings, ikat silk, and exquisite jewelry, each laden with symbolism and time-honored techniques passed through generations. Authored by Yaffa Assouline with captivating images by Laziz Hamani, this intimate journey unveils the high art masterpieces sought after by global museums and collectors, offering insights into diverse patterns, influences from the Great Silk Road, and the enduring creative exchange between artisans and the world of trade.


  • 308 pages
  • 200 illustrations
  • English language
  • Released in January 2024
  • W 9.7 x L 13.03 x D 1.5 in
  • Silk hardcover
  • ISBN: 9781649802545
  • 6.4 lbs.


    Yaffa Assouline has worked as a journalist, consultant and creative art director. She specializes in innovative and made-to-measure publishing. She is the author of the books Uzbekistan: The Road to Samarkand; Uzbekistan: Avant-Garde Orientalists; Uzbekistan: Russian Avant-Garde; and Uzbekistan Living Treasures: Celebration of Craftsmanship, all by Assouline.

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