- Title: Tashkent Fashion week opens with traditional Uzbek costume show
- Date: 23rd November 2016
- Summary: TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN (NOVEMBER 22, 2016) (REUTERS) WOMEN WEARING TRADITIONAL COSTUMES WALKING FACES OF WOMEN IN NATIONAL HEAD WEAR VARIOUS OF SHOW SPECTATORS SHOW IN PROGRESS
- Embargoed: 8th December 2016 10:12
- Keywords: Uzbekistan fashion fashion week fabrics textile pattern design tradition costume
- Location: TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN
- City: TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN
- Country: Uzbekistan
- Topics: Arts/Culture/Entertainment,Fashion
- Reuters ID: LVA00159O037D
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:A colourful show of Uzbek traditional costumes opened fashion week in Tashkent on Tuesday (November 22).
Local designers from different parts of the country presented their works which combine handmade textiles and ethnic patterns. Models demonstrated 50 historic costumes similar to the ones Uzbek women were wearing in the middle of the 19th and in the beginning of 20th centuries.
Tashkent Fashion Week is supported by the Uzbek government and is aimed to promote local fabrics abroad. This year fashion designers from Italy, Latvia, Poland, Iran, Kazakhstan and China attended the show. All of them were enchanted by colourful ethnic patterns and quality of textiles.
Italian fashion designer Antonella De Marchi has been living in Uzbekistan for two years. Her aim is to combine Italian style and local fabrics.
Markhamat Umarova, a member of local fashion community, has recently showed her latest collection in Latvia.
"I noticed that my collection sparked a big public interest. People were most of all attracted by our handmade textiles, real silk and adras, a combination of cotton and silk," she says.
In addition to the show, all the guests could watch how the textiles are being made and to learn about the quality of fabrics by touching the samples represented on display.
Uzbekistan's government makes an estimated $1 billion a year from cotton sales, and the harvest mobilizations of roughly a million people that date to Soviet times are characterized as a patriotic duty. Uzbek officials did not answer repeated requests for comment but generally argue that citizens pick cotton voluntarily.
Human rights groups say Uzbekistan operates a massive, state-orchestrated forced labor system that underpins its position as the world's fifth-largest cotton exporter.
In 2015, a Reuters examination - based on interviews with local officials, activists and workers in the fields - found that while the country has made progress ending child labor in the harvest, it has intensified recruitment of adults and older teenagers using a coercive approach.
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