According to their website, it is the biggest silk manufacturing factory in Uzbekistan where most of the work is done by hand and where mostly natural dyes are used to colour the silk. From what I saw I believe it, the site is huge and except for the silk cocoon part (it was not the time of year for the cocoons to be collected and “processed”),...more
Either before or after the factory tour you can also buy at their shop. I can only highly recommend to buy here (rather than in the bazaars wherever you are in Uzbekistan), as you can be 100% sure that all silk was made here and you will get very reasonable prices = the real prices.
The shop might look small, but they have a huge storage behind it, and can show you almost everything you want to have. They sell silk by the metre, short scarves, long and broad ones, tablecloth, and even clothes.
As mentioned earlier, you have the choice between pure silk or mixture of silk and cotton (one material for the warp and the other for the weft). Pure silk of course, is more expensive.
The scarves I bought were 8 USD each, the bigger ones would have been 15 USD (the size you could use as poncho style scarf). Suzanis are of course more expensive, as in addition to the silk cloth, the embroidery is purely done by hand. A piece of 30 x 30 cm would have been 30 USD.
Check the website below – for patterns and colours, and also prices at the bottom of each page. The first ones are for the cloth by the metre, the price is per metre (2,40 USD for the Atlas silk for example). Switch to see the different products also at the bottom.
As I wrote earlier, not only silk cloth is made here, but silk carpets as well. Christina showed the room where the girls worked on suzanis and on silk carpets (photo 2: suzani work on the left, silk carpet on the right). On photo 1 is the carpet, that was finished just recently (Christina held it up for a better view), and she said that it took 6...more
Now for the most fascinating process of silk weaving – the girls at the wooden looms. It already fascinated me in Khiva, to see how quick the girls are handling the looms and how quick centimetre for centimentre of woven silk is growing. I have borrowed some of my Khiva photos for here (photos 2-4), to show how delicate thin these silk filaments...more
Although most attention at Yodgorlik Silk Factory is drawn to hand made and unique silk cloth, they also have a couple of machines to weave the bales. From all the clothes, Uzbek women were wearing, I could see that tradition is held high, so the demand for more reasonable silk is high as well. Given the different incomes, maybe only the richer...more