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Sport: Ceremony coats, carpets, BJOUX: an exhibition devoted to Uzbekistan arts at the Institute of the Arab World

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and if you set off to discover the Arts of Uzbekistan? Two exhibitions invite you there at the moment in Paris: the first at the Louvre museum and the second at the Institut du Monde Arab. The latter highlights the work of Uzbeke artisans.

As soon as the exhibition is entry, the tone is set. Here, craft pieces are real masterpieces. In a showcase, four pickers, large ceremonial coats welcome the visitor. "These coats are works of art, entirely embroidered with gold, gold thread," said Yaffa Assouline, general commissioner of the exhibition. Before continuing: "These coats represent for me jewelry something unique."

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These exceptional pieces date from the end of the 19th and early 20th century, when the emirs relaunched art crafts, valuing ancestral know-how. Among these coats, that of the last emir of Boukhara which reigned from 1911 to 1920. "It is a silk brocade which is entirely covered with gold, proclaims Iman Moinzadeh, one of the curators of the exhibition. We see plant patterns , we see flowers, it is really a symbol that we see on a lot of Uzbeque fabrics presented in the exhibition. At the back, there is a very large medallion which was once decorated with diamonds and topaz. "

These ceremonial coats, reserved for men, come out for the first time from Uzbekistan. There are twenty-five in the exhibition. We are dazzled by this work as an artist, carried out in the workshops of the emir. But crafts are also exercised in the intimacy of houses where women create the Souzani, large pieces of embroidered fabric. The Souzani who also decorate the interior of houses make paintings think. At the end of the course, new wonder with an installation of tunics in Ikat, this colored fabric with blurred patterns.

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of carpets, jewelry and unique objects like this wedding cap of the Karakalpak people, combining textiles and goldsmithery are also to be discovered in this exhibition, a real invitation to travel. " on the roads of Samarcande" , an exhibition to see in Paris at the Institut du Monde Arabic until June 4.

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