Ethno, Arts & Crafts
Islamic and pre-islamic influenced arts of Central Asia
and the Traditions inherited by the manyfold tribes and
people inhabiting the region is by any means the most
beautiful association one has linking the Tales of 1001
Nights and the colours of modern Turkestan.
While the fascinating arts of rug making, jewellery and
silk and the architecture of Central Asia have been widely
documented by western literature, most of the traditions
and beliefs of the people of Central Asia still remain
little researched and understood.
Despite a relatively modern general impression, highly
complicated family and clan structures are still fully
functioning across most of the region. The Kazaks have
their strong tradition of the Dzhus, the bazaars of Samarkand
leave no doubt about the national identity of the ethnic
Tajiks and the Turkmens continue living in clearly divided
tribal structures preserved even in the state flag and
their rugs and clothes.
Largely unknown are the strong sufist and pre-islamic
traditions within most of Central Asias friendly Islamic
inhabitants most strongly preserved by the various Turkmen
tribes across the region.
Please continue to our Turkmenistan
Ethnography pages while some of our Central Asia
pages are under construction.