Ikat weaving in Uzbekistan

The Vocabulary of Ikats

May 27, 2020

Central Asia has a long and rich history of textile traditions, including weaving, dyeing, embroidery, carpet making, patchwork and more. These textiles traveled the Silk Road in both directions for hundreds of years. One of the textile arts associated with the region that has gained popularity in the West in recent years is the world of "ikats." The term "ikat" is now typically understood in the West to refer to the dramatic and slightly blurred patterns inspired by the traditional colorful ...

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New Ikat Scarves Arrive from Uzbekistan

May 15, 2020

    Check out the brand new handwoven ikat scarves that just arrived from Uzbekistan! You can shop locally and have a global impact with these gorgeous silk and silk/cotton scarves--they make the perfect unforgettable (yet ethical) gift in these crazy times.

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Paisley & Patchwork-Textile Patterns On the Go

Paisley & Patchwork-Textile Patterns On the Go

May 11, 2020

One of the things I love about working with our artisan partners is the chance to see how the same techniques and patterns find their way around the world. This bedcover and pillow set features a couple of patterns that are very traditional in Central Asia, and also familiar to us in the West. 

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Where the Heck is Central Asia?

May 03, 2020

Many world travelers are now wondering when, if ever, they will be able to indulge their wanderlust again, in the face of the global Covid-19 pandemic. In this short video, we hope to make up for that in a small way by taking you on a whirlwind tour (by map) around Central Asia and the countries of Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. These are the modern countries (and former Soviet Republics) where HoonArts' artisans live and work. We also answer the Number 1 question we always get at liv...

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Live Chat with the Artist-Munira Akilova in Tajikistan (April 2020)

April 25, 2020

Want a break from the 24 hour news cycle, “all the pandemic all the time”? Looking for a unique getaway in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown? Are you worried you may never be able to travel again?     Take a trip to the heart of the ancient Silk Road, for a live chat with Munira Akilova in Tajikistan. On April 23, 2020, we recorded our first ever Live Chat with the Artist video. We sat down on Zoom with Munira Akilova, handicraft designer and manager for Armughon Handicrafts and Ar...

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The Parable of The Scarf That Turned a Mom into A Hero

The Parable of The Scarf That Turned a Mom into A Hero

March 25, 2020

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Kyrgyz Elecheck Headdress

The Elechek Headdress: Kyrgyz Tradition

November 09, 2019

Have you every wondered about those dramatic turban-like headdresses worn by some Kyrgyz women? Learn a little bit about the culture and history behind the traditional Kyrgyz headdress for married women, known as the "Elechek."

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Suzani: Through the Eye of the Needle into the Universe

Suzani: Through the Eye of the Needle into the Universe

September 26, 2019

“Suzani” is one of the most prominent large- scale traditional Central Asian textile arts. In modern-day Central Asia, “suzani” refers to both the large wall-size traditional embroidered tapestry and the embroidery style, used on clothing, home decor and accessories. The ancient art of suzani embroidery continues to play an important role not only in the decoration of the Central Asian home, but also in the life of the people and the pride of traditional folk art. The term “suzani” has recen...

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Suzani Pillow Cover from Tajikistan

Suzani Pillows: Tradition Transformed for the Modern Home

July 31, 2016

One of the most prominent types of large-scale Tajik embroidery is Suzani. (In modern parlance, "Suzani" refers to both the large wall-size traditional embroidered tapestry and the embroidery style, used on clothing, home decor and accessories.)

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Language in Tajikistan

Language in Tajikistan

July 09, 2016

Salom, everyone. Last week's Feedback Friday survey included a question about which languages are spoken in Tajikistan. Most people knew that Tajik (or "Tajiki" as they say in Tajik) and Russian were the principal languages used in Tajikistan. Russian was the lingua franca and official government language during Soviet times. After independence (1991), Tajik became the official national language. In practice, Russian continues to be used for business,

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Suzani:  Zerafshan to HoonArts, Part 1-Creating the Design

Suzani: Zerafshan to HoonArts, Part 1-Creating the Design

June 23, 2016

Suzani: Zerafshan to HoonArts, Part 1: Creating the Design Hello. My name is Rikki Quintana and I am the founder of HoonArts Fair Trade. I’m often asked how do we get our products here to the U.S. from Tajikistan, which is landlocked in the middle of Central Asia.

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Fair Trade Catch 22:  Fair Trade is Not

Fair Trade Catch 22: Fair Trade is Not "Handmade"

June 14, 2016

When I started HoonArts back in late 2014, I knew I didn’t know much of anything about retail, marketing or handicrafts. In fact, I dropped out of Girl Scouts at a young age because I hated selling Girl Scout cookies, and I gave up band in high school because

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