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A Carpet Ride to Khiva

Seven Years on the Silk Road

Aslan Alexander Christopher


Editeur - Casa editrice

Icon Books UK

Asia
Asia Centrale
Uzbekistan


Città - Town - Ville

London

Anno - Date de Parution

2010

Pagine - Pages

334

Titolo originale

A Carpet Ride to Khiva: Seven Years on the Silk Road

Lingua originale

Lingua - language - langue

eng

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A Carpet Ride to Khiva: Seven Years on the Silk Road

A Carpet Ride to Khiva  

Una lettura indispensabile per chiunque desideri comprendere la cultura, le tradizioni, le superstizioni e le peculiarità del popolo uzbeko. L’autore ha vissuto sette anni a Khiva per avviare il centro di lavorazione dei tappeti sostenuto dall’UNESCO.

The Silk Road conjures images of the exotic and the unknown. Most travellers simply pass along it. Brit Chris Alexander chose to live there. Ostensibly writing a guidebook, Alexander found life at the heart of the glittering madrassahs, mosques and minarets of the walled city of Khiva - a remote desert oasis in Uzbekistan - immensely alluring, and stayed. Immersing himself in the language and rich cultural traditions Alexander discovers a world torn between Marx and Mohammed - a place where veils and vodka, pork and polygamy freely mingle - against a backdrop of forgotten carpet designs, crumbling but magnificent Islamic architecture and scenes drawn straight from "The Arabian Nights". Accompanied by a large green parrot, a ginger cat and his adoptive Uzbek family, Alexander recounts his efforts to rediscover the lost art of traditional weaving and dyeing, and the process establishing a self-sufficient carpet workshop, employing local women and disabled people to train as apprentices. "A Carpet Ride to Khiva" sees Alexander being stripped naked at a former Soviet youth camp, crawling through silkworm droppings in an attempt to record their life-cycle, holed up in the British Museum discovering carpet designs dormant for half a millennia, tackling a carpet-thieving mayor, distinguishing natural dyes from sacks of opium in Northern Afghanistan, bluffing his way through an impromptu version of "My Heart Will Go On" for national Uzbek TV and seeking sanctuary as an anti-Western riot consumed the Kabul carpet bazaar. It is an unforgettable true travel story of a journey to the heart of the unknown and the unexpected friendship one man found there.

 


Recensione in altra lingua (English):

Featuring a large green parrot, a ginger cat and the author's adoptive Uzbek family, this title recounts his efforts to rediscover the lost art of traditional weaving and dyeing, and the process establishing a self-sufficient carpet workshop, employing local women and disabled people to train as apprentices.



Biografia

Aslan Alexander Christopher

Chris Aslan was born in Turkey and spent his childhood there and in war-torn Beirut. After school, Chris spent two years at sea before studying Media and journalism at Leicester University. He then moved to Khiva, a desert oasis in Uzbekistan, establishing a UNESCO workshop reviving fifteenth century carpet designs and embroideries, and becoming the largest non-government employer in town. He was kicked out as part of an anti-Western purge, and took a year in Cambridge to write A Carpet Ride to Khiva. Chris then spent several years in the Pamirs mountains of Tajikistan, training yak herders to comb their yaks for their cashmere-like down. Next came a couple more years in Kyrgyzstan living in the world’s largest natural walnut forest and establishing a wood-carving workshop. Since then, Chris has studied and rowed at Oxford, lives in Cambridge, and is preparing to move to North Cyprus. As well as writing fiction and non-fiction, Chris lectures for the Art Society and leads tours with Indus Experiences to Central Asia, having left a large chunk of his heart out there.
He can be found on instagram: #chrisaslanauthor
Facebook: chris aslan

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