In Tajikistan for many centuries is preserved textile production and pottery and it has not lost adherence to national motives. Therefore, to find a souvenir for loved ones or memorable thing for yourself is very simple. Furthermore in Tajikistan there are many markets where you can buy cheap but excellent local products. When purchasing something be sure to bargain, because in all Asian and Oriental bazaar bargaining is a tradition.
The lightest gifts are accessories – scarves, shawls, headscarves, covers, skull-caps that can be decorated with printed pattern or to be hand-painted or embroidered. Here you can find truly a masterpiece of national creativity: let it not be made so bright, but it will have more identity. If you find a thing made by all the canons of the ancient Tajik craftswomen – consider yourself very lucky.
Textile. Craftswomen of Tajikistan share their experience from generation to generation. This art has ancient roots and is still used for carpet decoration, textiles, clothing and souvenirs. Tajik women produce fabric handmade and decorate it with the help of special needles and cotton, wool, silk, precious and semiprecious stones. Therefore, it is easy to buy textile products in Tajikistan made in national motives at a reasonable price: you just need to have enough space in your suitcase. You may find of incredible beauty carpets and bedspreads, hand-embroidered clothing, hats, shoes.
Like all oriental women, Tajik women are very fond of everything that shines. Therefore, in the market you can find a lot of things with rhinestones, sequins, gilt embroidery. If some of your friends have a special love for shiny things, they will be really happy with such a gift.
Gulduzi is an embroidery on the pre-made template. This style is one of the most difficult art in gold embroidery. Gulduzi is used to decorate the gowns, bride shoes, headwear. In modern Tajik gold embroidery Gulduzi is a main style used for souvenirs. It contains up to 10-20% of the gold. The most popular patterns for embroidery: Oftob (sun), mavzh (wave), Bulbul (Nightingale), Chashma bulbul (nightingale’s eye), Sadbarg (rose) etc.
Leather. In Tajikistan is widely developed the production of leather souvenirs. Pictures of leather and keychains with printed pattern, national footwear, including slippers: all this can attract the interest of tourists. Therefore, on Tajikistan markets leather products are very popular. Some of them even meet the requirements of fashion, so do not neglect these souvenirs and get them for yourself and friends.
Clay products. Kitchen utensils made in specific national motives are not only beautiful but also durable.
When making a choice pay attention to large dishes, vases, plates, jugs, bowls, teapots. Do not forget to ask the seller, whether it is possible to eat from these items or they are only souvenirs. Usually in other countries you can see on the dishes a sign, if it is not intended for food, but in Tajikistan such dishes are not always marked. However, you should look yourself: tableware, decorated too bright, is a priori not intended for food. But a more concise design indicates that this is a practical utensil.
Statuettes from Tajikistan, can be made of wood, clay and other materials. The most popular are clay figurines. They are made for a variety of needs and sizes: from both the tiniest, and to cumbersome. Of course, for the road it is better to buy a compact statuettes or fridge magnets.
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