Traditional ceramics of Gizhduvan. A visit to the creative workshop of Abdullo Narzullayev in Gizhduvan

The small town of Gizhduvan is situated in 46 km northeast from Bukhara. From ancient times until the present day Gizhduvan has been considered an important trading town and crafts center. Gizhduvan ceramics take a special place among the large number of crafts produced here. The Gizhduvan School of ceramics is distinguished by its use of flower ornamentation, often in combination with geometric patterns.

Ibodullo Narzullayev was one of the most famous ceramists of Uzbekistan and one of the founders of the Gizhduvan School of ceramics. He took part in more than 50 international exhibitions. His creations are displayed in the museums of many countries all over the world. Usta (in Uzbek this word means master) Ibodullo not only created his invaluable style, but also handed it down to his sons Alisher and Abdullo, and daughter Nodira. They are the sixth generation continuing these ceramic traditions. Today, Gizhduvan craftsmen are very famous in Uzbekistan and abroad. The Narzullaevs are regular participants at all exhibitions of decorative and applied arts in Uzbekistan.

have been showcased in 60 exhibitions in such countries as Japan, Germany, France, Italy, the USA and Israel. The Narzullayevs have won many prizes in different competitions and festivals, and have received government awards. Their creations have been appreciated by specialists and by distinguished guests of the Republic of Uzbekistan: Mrs. Hillary Clinton, Mrs. Madeleine Albright, the Prince of Wales and Mr. Federico Mayor.

In the ceramics workshop of the Narzullayevs you will be able to:

– become acquainted with the process of producing ceramics;
visit the ceramics museum;
– buy manufactured articles of Gizhduvan craftsmen;
– taste the dishes of Uzbek national cuisine;
– have the unique opportunity of attending a training course under the leadership of the Gizhduvan masters living in Abdullo’s house.

Gizhduvan embroidery is another distinctive craft, revived and developed by the master 01Mustabshira Barakayeva Mustabshira-opa, with her daughter Mavluda and daughters-in-law Dilorom and Gulbahor, which has restored the past glory of Gizhduvan needlework.

Unbleached calico and dyestuffs used for traditionally applied handmade needlework are produced from everything that grows on Gizhduvan’s soil: nuts, pomegranates, onions, rose petals, many beautiful Uzbek herbs and the foliage of fruit trees. Gizhduvan embroidery has preserved its significance gained in the past. Its range of tender colors daily attracts a greater number of enthusiasts. To view the process of Gizhduvan embroidery, you can visit Abdullo’s house.

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