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There are no words.

As any tourist can’t fail to notice, the people are wonderfully friendly and tolerant of foreigners indeed, in some instances foreigners are extended privileges not available to locals.

An endearing and inspiring story What a great adventure!

Christopher Aslan Alexander was born in Turkey and grew up in war-torn Beirut. Jun 22, Tara rated it really liked it Shelves: Indeed, I found the sections on the role of women to be particularly shocking.

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

Passing through the carved wooden doors to the carpet workshop feels very special, and weavers spill out from different cells to greet me and ask khivq my family and all my relatives.

These tributes to Communism led to special commissions of large portraits of Lenin, Stalin and other Soviet leaders that kept the art temporarily alive. This one makes a good follow up to Sheila Paine ‘s trilogy of searching the globe in tto of the history of a specific embroidery design.

Overall a book well worth reading. He turned this into an opportunity to learn the language and integrate rather fully into the local culture and economy. Mar 12, Bertil rated it really liked it.


He travels to dangerous Afghanistan where he discovers at the bazaars an abundance of powdered natural dyes along with sacks of opium poppy heads. You just have to go ahead and read it.

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Tashkent itself looks amazing. Description The Silk Road conjures images of the exotic and the unknown.

Book ratings by Goodreads. At the same time, I mourn their loss and lament the fact that politics forced Aslan to abandon the people he was trying to help in Khiva. There is not as much detail about Rode and its people as I was The author went to Khiva in Uzbekistan with a development organisation to collaborate on a guide book. For example, at one part, he says that there were girls in the street.

In the meantime, I will try to be a more faithful blogger….

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Over people were killed, homes burnt down and thousands of Uzbeks fled across the Uzbek border seeking refuge. How should we be improving? To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Branching in Fiction Go 30, His project found a way to Fascinating book by a young man who, knowing nothing about weaving or rugs, found himself i Uzbekistan working on a project which was of little interest to him. In the Uzbek tradition, women are subjected to a brutal system of social conditioning that turns them into commodities to be traded and khivx in domestic conditions roughly comparable to indentured labour.


The book also explores the challenges that a Westerner faces when facing the challenge of moving to a new and q different culture. On the first day I assembled our first batch of khivw weavers and dyers in the courtyard of our Madrassah workshop, I told them that I would not be around for ever and that my aim was for our workshop to be sustainable.

He mentions friends and relatives back in the UK but we never get much of a sense of their role in his life or how he felt being so distant from them for so long.

Mar 25, Susan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Lawrence, Alexander goes native and immerses himself in the cultural landscape of his new home. Yet readers who love process or just those who are curious about the minutiae of detail will rejoice when Alexander visits the homes of Uzbeks who raise silk worms.

We were given three days of training in basic trauma-counselling techniques and told that when a whole community experiences trauma, they need outsiders to come and listen objectively.

It requires no effort as you are drawn forward page by page by a well written and at times heart wrenching saga of a man’s foray into a foreign and at times brutal culture. Did the experiment inspire others?