The ancient technologies of making Uzbek silk fabrics – atlas and adras – have been included in UNESCO's Register of Good Safeguarding Practices. This decision was made during the meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Jeju, South Korea.
Margilan, located in the Fergana valley, is a historical center for making atlas and adras – natural fabrics with characteristic patterns. In 2007, the Crafts Development Centre (CDC) was opened in Margilan to revive and safeguard these traditions, which are at risk of disappearing.
The CDC’s goal is to safeguard, develop and promote the method of Uzbek traditional atlas and adras making. The center's members conduct trainings, exhibitions and craft fairs for people who are interested in the ancient craft, and publish manuals, dedicated to safeguarding of traditional technologies.
Visit Margilan and the Crafts Development Centre on our 2-day Fergana Valley tour, which visits some of the most famous artisans of the region and allows you to see for yourself how these unique cloths are made.