By Hamid Mahmood
KOKAND, Uzbekistan: The Second International Festival of Handicrafts was held in the Uzbek historic City of Kokand, bringing together artisans, craftsmen, and enthusiasts from around the world and showcasing the rich tapestry of traditional and contemporary handicrafts.
As many as 470 foreigners from 78 Countries and 1,200 locals showcased their spectacular work. Around one million visitors and tourists flocked to the festival.
From intricate textiles to exquisite pottery, the festival was a testament to the enduring spirit of creativity and the vibrant cultural heritage of the region.
One of the most enchanting aspects of the festival was the diversity of craftsmanship on display. The artisans from various corners of the globe converged in Kokand to exhibit their skills and share their cultural traditions.
The visitors were treated to a mesmerizing array of handwoven textiles, intricate jewelry, ornate ceramics, and exquisite woodwork.
During the festival, a new museum of handicraft was also inaugurated in Kokand which marked a significant step in preserving and promoting the cultural legacy of the City and was a highlight of the festival, emphasizing the importance of honoring and cherishing our artistic traditions.
The Second International Festival of Handicraft was not merely a passive exhibition but an interactive platform. The artisans conducted workshops, allowing visitors to try their hand at various crafts.
The festival was a resounding success, not just as an exhibition but as a celebration of human creativity and cultural diversity. It brought together artisans, patrons, and enthusiasts to appreciate the beauty of handmade crafts and to recognize their role in preserving cultural identities.