The Registan was the heart of the ancient city of Samarkand of the Timurid dynasty, now in Uzbekistan. The name Rēgistan (ریگستان) means “Sandy place” or “desert” in Persian. The Registan was a public square, where people gathered to hear royal proclamations, heralded by blasts on enormous copper pipes called dzharchis - and a place of public executions.
Ulyosh is a Scientific Secretary for an art gallery in Uzbekistan. She was diagnose with tuberculosis (TB) in 2008 – her first day of treatment was on World TB Day. She was shocked when she found out what she thought was a common cold was actually TB. Treatment, luckily, was not difficult for her. She said, “from the very beginning, I told the disease: I will conquer you – you will not conquer me!”
TB is not only a physical condition, but it also takes a toll on one’s mental state. the side effects from treatment are extremely challenging to face, with a series of ups and downs. Sometimes it’s easy – sometimes, it’s very hard. This is where the mental challenges step in: trying to remain positive through adversity.
Ulyosh made it routine to drink lots of water and go for long walks. She also read literature on how to think positively and reach your goals in life. Although she went through many ups and downs in treatment, she realized that treatment is just a time in your life, it’s not forever. Unfortunately, her husband left her and her family was ashamed of her. Despite that, only her real friends stood by her side. She recounts that, “during the period, I found out who my real friends were.”
the Museum of Applied Arts in Tashkent, Tashkent, Republic of Uzbekistan, unknown
photographer, source: eurasia.travel. Possibly the best-looking museum in
Tashkent, the Museum of Applied Arts is situated in the former home of Imperial
Russian diplomat Alexander Polovtsev. This museum is as popular for its setting
as for its many beautiful exhibits. Polovtsev was an avid collector of
handicrafts and his personal possessions still form the heart of the museum’s
superb collection of decorative arts. Tsarist diplomat expressed his
appreciation of Uzbek architecture by having his residence built by masters
from Bukhara, Samarkand, Khiva, Ferghana and Tashkent. He was transferred
before completion in 1907, so never saw the finished courtyard of verandas and
reception halls, vibrant with colour, ganch and wooden carving. The first
public exhibition was held here in 1927, and it was classified as a national
collection a decade later, source: eurasia.travel.
Lakai Suzani, traditional textiles of Uzbekistan, late 19th century, polychrome silk embroidery on silk ground. A fragment of embroidery on photo. Size 345 by 264cm., 11ft 4in by 8ft 8in. Source: Sotheby’s auction.