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An exhibition of ancient Central Asian embroidery opens at the State Oriental Museum today
The exposition includes about 300 man-made miracles from the museum storage and the collection of Tair F. Tairov. Embroidery became one of the most popular and prosperous of the folk arts in Central Asia 200 years ago. The unique exhibits are dated to that period. The star of the exposition is wedding embroideries - susani, the embroidered ceremonial hangings that formed an important part of a girl's dowry, made in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Other highlights are embroideries made in the main centers of the art and a remarkably well preserved embroidered chamois robe (chapan) from the collection of the State Oriental Museum. Some of the exhibits are shown to the general public for the first time. Mr. Tairov accumulated his collection for nearly 20 years. Visitors will see rare embroideries made by the Lokai, a nomad nation of southern Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, which are famous for their ornamental patterns. The exposition also includes the traditional clothing of Central Asian nations from the Tairov collection - men's and women's robes and dresses made of silk and semi-silk, head dresses, scarves, belts, and bags for household appliances. The exhibition will be open until May 10, 2005.
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