Yodgorlik Silk Factory in the ancient city of Margilan is located in the Ferghana Valley of Uzbekistan. So, Margilan became the centre of silk in Central Asia and the factory became one of Margilan Attractions. Established in 1972, this silk-weaving factory produces the high-quality and hand-made silk in Uzbekistan.
On Uzbekistan Tours, a trip to the factory usually begins at the venerable 140 year old mulberry tree.
From there each step of the process can be seen, which is all done by hand: boiling the cocoons of the silkworms and extracting the silk thread, spinning and dyeing the silk, using vegetable dyes and sometimes crushed minerals, and lastly weaving the colourful ikat fabric on traditional looms. The fertile Ferghana Valley is a major producer of cotton whereas; the Yodgorlick Silk Factory produces a fabric which is the blend of cotton and silk, called Adras.
Known as one of the Uzbekistan Highlights, the productivity of the factory reaches six thousand meters of silk and cotton fabrics a month, woven by hand by 450 masters of ancient technology. This factory works for the modelling clothes with traditional motives and exports its fabrics to India, Iran, Russia, Korea, and Germany on the basis of long-term agreements and contracts.
The technological process for the appearance of a silk masterpiece consists of the colouring of fibres obtained from the silkworm and the arrival of finished threads on a loom for manual bookmarking of the finished product. The latitude of the weaving machine was standard at 264 millimetres, however, today, the weaving machines have different sizes in width, and in ancient times the latitude of the machine was standard at 264 millimetres.
The varieties of fabrics produced in Yodgorlick Silk Factory are adras, dzhuzhincha, snipe, khan-atlas (royal silk), shoyi, bos. The Uzbek fabrics, abroviy art is distinctive whereas, the reproduction of the fabric is an art.
On Uzbekistan Tours, the factory demonstrates all the stages of making of the silk product, from the cocoon to the finished product. The stage of drawing a pattern on the fabric can be seen and you can also buy a piece of history, embodied in the fabric produced today in the walls of the factory.
There is nothing as per law in Uzbek that a woman must wear, so you can bring your clothes that you love to wear. However, the country has its own culture and we believe you won’t like to offend it. So, we recommend packing some light shirts, t-shirts, jeans and long-sleeved dresses covering knees. You need to wear a scarf or something that covers your head while entering a mosque. You can pack some swim-dress to wear near your pool at your hotel.
Well, it’s really up to you. Bring as much as you want to spend in Uzbekistan. The country is not much expensive but most for paying most of the things you will need cash. Cards are not much accepted here. You can exchange your money at the airport or in any hotel or banks of Uzbekistan (both in private & govt. bank). Keep in mind that you need to pay tips in restaurants and to porters (not mandatory, but expected as it’s almost a custom to tip).
No, drinking tap water isn’t considered safe in Uzbekistan. We highly recommend using bottled water while you are in Uzbekistan. Also, make sure to eat clean and well-cooked food. If you are visiting Uzbek inn hot time make sure to keep big water bottles as you will feel thirsty due to the hot climate especially in the day time.
Well, the answer is No. Uzbekistan is not only a magical country with a rich history and spectacular natural beauty but also a very friendly country to visit. If you are afraid of if it is safe, then let us tell you even the country is safe for solo woman travelers. Uzbek people are warm and friendly. They will easily welcome you as their guest. Choose a reliable tour operator and explore the best of the country without any fear.
Of course, you can avail alcohol in Uzbekistan. It is kind of part of their life. Alcohol is taken by many Uzbek people especially, the Russians. Soviet people introduced Vodka and other alcoholic drinks that are now a part of their life. However, some very strict Muslims don’t prefer drinking. However, it is allowed and legal in the country.
Uzbekistan is famous for its ancient cities like Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Shakhrisabz, Termez, and Tashkent that are explained in many historical stories. These places have some stunning old Islamic architecture buildings that make it famous. As well, the natural beauty, mountains, and rich history of the country usually fascinate its travelers.
Uzbek people eat many types of food in their daily life. The dishes of Uzbekistan are delicious. Mostly they eat and drink soups, meat dishes, floury dishes, bread, milk, and oriental sweets. They share their culinary style mostly with Turkic people. Mostly they have a whole meal in one pot. You can try some local cuisine during your visit to Uzbekistan like; Plov, Shashlik, Lagman Soup, Shurpa, Dimlama, Chuchvara, Samsa, and more.
While visiting to Uzbek you are recommended to have the following vaccination-
The country is best to visit at any time except the summer season (July & August). During these 2 months, the country is at its highest temperature that goes up to 40-degree Celsius. However, spring and autumn are a great time to visit Uzbek i.e. from April to May and September to early November. During this period the country remains dry with a clear sky and cool temp.
The tropical climate of the country is great for malaria mosquitoes; hence once malaria was the worst health threat in Uzbekistan. To protect people from falling ill in malaria the govt. of Uzbek has taken various steps and in 2010 the country became malaria-free. Now it has won the WHO certificate as a malaria-free country. Hence, you can stay stress-free about malaria.
In July 2018, Uzbekistan started an E-visa facility and there are 76 nationalists can apply for a visa online. You can go to the official E-visa site, and apply for your e-visa by filling a form online. The total cost is 20USD. It takes 2 to 3 working days for processing your visa and then you can get a confirmation in your mail. The payment you can do only in the working hours. If you are not from a country where you can go for e-visa, then you can go with the traditional way. You can book it from the embassy.
There are 21 countries that enjoy visa free entry to Uzbekistan. Here is the cost for Uzbekistan-
Cost for 30-days single-entry or multiple-entry visa- US$60 to US$100 for most nationalities
Cost for 30-days single-entry or multiple-entry visa - $160 for US nationalities
Additional entry cost- $10Per entry