Uzbekistan’s national brand
Uzbek manufacturers are reviving the production of the finest silk in Central Asia. Since the time of the Great Silk Road, Margilan fabrics were famous for their quality and unique design while the city of the same name was called the Silk Capital. The Uzbek entrepreneurs have new opportunities to boost manufacturing of silk yarn and ready-made products. Reforms in the industry led to the establishment of new enterprises. Moreover, benefits provided by the Government attract young specialists such as Sakhavat Khan who is currently working in the Margilan Crafts Development Center. She plans to start her own business, focusing on the production of Uzbek carpets in the future.
RASSULJON MIRZAAKHMEDOV, DIRECTOR, CRAFTS DEVELOPMENT CENTER, UZBEKISTAN:
- A new decree was adopted recently on the textile industry. Under the new decree, we no longer have to pay the rent to the Government and we can convert our export earnings into the local currency without large costs. All these changes affect the industry in general and everyone involved in the production process. We can also easily do business with neighboring countries.
The Margilan Crafts Development Center was established 10 years ago. Its aim is to revive and preserve the unique manufacturing technologies of traditional fabrics, such as satin and adras. The local producers manufacture only high quality carpets that are in high demand worldwide and can cost up to US$25,000. The cotton industry is also actively developing in Uzbekistan. There are currently eight factories successfully operating in the country. They cover all levels of manufacturing processes - from cotton harvesting to manufacturing of the final high quality products.
UMAR KHAYAT, PRODUCTION DIRECTOR, UZTEX GROUP, UZBEKISTAN:
- The added value of products always helps the company to be stronger. While the production of yarn brings us 50 to 100 per cent of income, the price of the ready-made products will grow significantly.
Government officials believe that the ancient silk weaving traditions will be revived in the Fergana Valley. The ancient technology of Uzbek fabric-making is included in the UNESCO Registry of Good Safeguarding Practices.