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  • The nice lady I bought my souvenirs from
    The nice lady I bought my souvenirs from
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    More traditional options
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  • DEKHON (MODERN) BAZAAR
    DEKHON (MODERN) BAZAAR
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    DEKHON (MODERN) BAZAAR

    by DAO Written Dec 31, 2014

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    The modern shopping bazaar in Khiva is located just outside of the East Gate. Until 1873 this area was the slave market. Today is a vibrant produce and meat market. It’s also a very good place for people watching. Local farmers bring in their harvests to sell and you will see a lot of people in more traditional dress. The market workers are very friendly and welcoming to tourists. You can buy fresh fruit, produce, meat and household goods at cheap prices.

    In a small roadway running north-south in between the bazaar and the city walls is a row of cheap places to eat. You can buy grilled meat dishes and cold drinks very inexpensively.

    All the stalls and restaurants are open 7 days a week from early to dark.

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    THE KHIVA BREAD DECORATOR

    by DAO Updated Dec 19, 2014

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    What to buy:
    If you need a really good souvenir – an interesting one – look no farther. I started noticing a lot of the stalls and shops sold the same souvenir and finally bought one from this nice lady. Across Uzbekistan you will bread shaped like, and often decorated like, a pastry. They make unleavened flat bread with a thin center and a thick outer ring. Uzbeks call this ‘obi-non’, which just means ‘ordinary bread’. In the thin inner circle – all Uzbek Bakers leave some sort of decoration, even if it is just a basic design. They use small wooden handles with small metal studs on the bottom. The utensil called a ‘Chakich’ if you wish to ask for them by name. You can buy basic ones here in Khiva or the ‘jazzed’ up versions. Here in Khiva they take the shape of the city’s pride and joy - the Islam Hodja minaret.

    Pack them carefully or you will have holes in your clothes when you get home!

    What to pay:
    A lot of sellers will start (often in Euros as they get lots of Europeans) at somewhere between 4-10 Euros. I haggled them down to around $1-2 (US) each. Haggling points: Everyone sells them, they should be cheap and you will walk away. Haggle hard or buy a few and agree a massive discount for the lot.

    The nice lady I bought my souvenirs from The Bread Decorator Sold here ! The bread decorator More traditional options
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    ALIBABA & THE 40 THIEVES: LIVING UP TO HIS NAME

    by DAO Written Dec 5, 2014

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    It is never a good idea to advertise that you are willing to rip off tourists. Mr Alibaba is the highest priced shop in Khiva. Yes, ALL prices in every ‘shop’ or stall are negotiable and you must haggle. Alibaba, or whatever his name is, starts his price at double any other seller I ran into. His shop is in a prime location right under the Kalta Minor Minaret and he has probably been ripping-off customers for years. Sadly some tourists do not understand the concept of haggling in full or at all. Mr. Alibaba benefits from trying things that his neighbouring businesses do not. Please buy elsewhere. Everything he sells is available elsewhere. I even found a few stalls where they accepted the first price I offered when I explained that I would only pay a certain price.

    His specialty is paper mâché puppets. There are at least 50 other places within a 5 minute walk selling the same items.

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    Khiva traders: To buy or not to buy ...

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Jan 13, 2010

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    I was all shopped out by the time I got to Khiva, my bags were full and I had firmly resolved not to be tempted - at all! by anything!! And then I saw the suzani in the photo here - it was so, so beautiful, quite THE most stunning piece I had seen outside a museum in the whole trip. No - I didn't buy it - my bags really were full to bursting and it was huge - it would have covered a queen-size bed easily, and my wallet was very thin - the starting price was $400. I shook my head, took a photo and moved on.

    MrL (the original carpet hound) had bought a silk carpet in Samarkand - he too resisted temptation and, although we went back no less than 3 times, the carpet in photo 2 is still in Khiva.

    The moral of this little tale is that just because Khiva is certainly not the cornucopia of gorgeous goodies that Bukhara and, to a lesser extent, Samarkand are does not mean to say you won't be tempted.

    What to buy: You'll find suzanis everywhere you go in Uzbekistan, there are carpets aplenty in Samarkand and Bukhara, Rishtan's the place for ceramics, Shahrisabz has its own style of embroidery, Kokand's woodcarvers are said to be the best and Margilan's the place for silk. So what is special about Khiva?

    The local saint, Paklavan Mahmoud, was a maker of fur hats back in the 16th century and they're still selling fur hats here today. Whether you choose a wild and woolly Turkman telpak or something more glamorous such as glossy mink or pale-green-dyed fox is up to you.

    Not in to fur? How about some handknitted slipper-socks? Worn by local women in winter, they're unique to this region. Knee-length ones make terrific Christmas stockings. You'll find them everywhere, and see the women knitting them so you can be sure they're not cheap Chinese imports (though one day they might be)

    Otherwise, it's the usual mix of embroidered skull caps and bags, carved wood (we did buy a great walking stick), silk scarves and crafty bric-a-brac. You will certainly have more choice in other places but our motto is always to put something into local purses so room was found for a handsome skullcap to add to the collection and some embroidered squares from the Suzani Centre to be framed when they got home.

    What to pay: $1000+ for a carpet, $hundreds for a fabulous suzani, $12 for a square of embroidery, $5 for a skull cap, a few dollars for a pair of socks, rather more for a fur hat....and the walking stick - we can't remember.

    The best! Next time Shopping in Khiva Socks and silks for sale I do like your hat!

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    Various: What to buy in Khiva

    by toonsarah Written Aug 4, 2007

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    What to buy: We didn’t actually buy a lot in Khiva as it was the first stop on our tour and we weren’t sure what else we find in the cities still to come, nor indeed exactly what we wanted to buy among all the wonderful handicrafts (and it has to be said, not so wonderful touristy trash). Most of the things we saw here were in fact available (or very similar) elsewhere, with the exception of these shaggy furry hats – but who could face trying these on in 45 degree temperatures, even if you were happy to buy fur? Apart from these the goods we saw on sale here were mainly scarves and embroideries, and the selection was less good than in Bukhara or Samarkand. But if you want to shop, there was one near the Applied Arts Museum which had a colourful display.

    What to pay: I didn’t check the prices as I wasn’t interested in buying but nothing in Uzbekistan struck me as being anything other than very reasonable (or downright cheap) for what it was. OK you pay for quality, but still a lot less than many other countries.

    Hats for sale near the western gate, Khiva Shop near the Applied Arts Museum, Khiva

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    If you think you need to shop in Khiva..

    by Trekki Updated Oct 10, 2006

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    Well, if I would be sarcastic, I would say that Khiva has more shopping possibilities than buildings and sights to visit. You will find small shops, street vendors and markets on each and every corner.

    Unless you want to buy something specifically from Khiva (such as a miniature of the minarets), I strongly suggest that you do your souvenir shopping somewhere else, like in Bukhara or Samarkand. Prices just will differ very much, selection as well.

    Another story is the silk workshop in Alli Kuli medressa. Here you will definitely have a good selection and get fair prices. Prices for silk should be not more than 6-7 USD per metre. The silk rolls are either 50 or 60 centimetres broad and 2,5 m in length.

    However, if you plan to visit Ferghana Valley, I strongly suggest you should look for silk in Marghilan. There is a production site as well, and prices and selection are even better than in the Khiva workshop.

    Silk weaving workshop in Khiva
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    Khiva Silk Carpet Workshop: Gorgeous traditionnaly hand made silk carpets

    by carolerica Updated Jul 25, 2004

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    Helped by Operation Merci and by the Unesco, this workshop has trained young people into the art of Silk dying and weaving in the old traditional way, using only natural pigments. The paterns of the carpets are those found on old Persian miniatures, or the same as the mosaics found in the mosqs or palaces of Khiva.
    The work done their is wonderful, and it's really worth a visit...
    Let yourself be tempted. Yes, the carpets are a bit expensive, but they are unique piece, made by hand, and allow the workers a fare wage.

    What to pay: Depending on the amount of work that was needed to make the carpet (usually three girls working at the same time for nealy three months). A medium sized carpet will cost around 750USD.
    No worries, you will be given all the proofs of purchase and all the documents you will need to take your carpet home without havng to fight with custums!!!

    traditionnal weaving of a silk carpet

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