The art exhibition showcasing Turkic cultural heritage is currently on display at Uzbekistan's Academy of Arts gallery in Tashkent. The event commemorates the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Türkiye and the 32nd anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
The strong bond between Türkiye and Uzbekistan has reached unprecedented levels, owing to the remarkable fraternal ties between our nations. Our collaboration is grounded on our shared history, language, faith, culture, and customs and is amplified by cultural activities. In this exposition, we shall delve into the cartography of Turkistan, the cradle of Turkish culture and civilization. This area is the birthplace of Turkic myths and fables such as Dede Korkut and the site where Qutadğu Bilig and Dîvânü lugāti't-Türk were penned. Our focus shall be to analyze the regions where the Turkish people emerged, dispersed, and migrated towards the West, as well as the spiritual ambiance that has nurtured our civilization,
Ambassador Olgan Bekar noted in his welcoming speech.
As part of a collaborative effort between the Embassy of the Republic of Türkiye in Tashkent, the Turkish History and Culture Fund (TÜRKTAV), and Uzbekistan's Academy of Arts, the exhibition features a selection of maps from the private collection of TÜRKTAV, which reflects the friendship and brotherhood between the two countries and celebrates shared ancient past. Renowned geographers created these displayed maps.
The close ties between the Uzbek and Turkish people can be traced back for centuries, with shared traditions, values, and even similarities in their anvil systems. This connection has translated into strong relations between the two states, which have been further strengthened by ongoing talks between the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, and the President of the Republic of Türkiye, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Their efforts to establish mutual trust and cooperation have been evident in various events, such as Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's visit to Samarkand in 2016, the Belt and Road Forum in China in 2017, and the First Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on Science and Technology in Kazakhstan in 2022. Both sides have expressed their desire to deepen the bilateral cooperation.
Ömer Nizamettin Aykurt, President of TÜRKTAV, stated. He added that the ongoing exhibition in Tashkent displays maps from TÜRKTAV's private collection, depicting Turkish peoples' origin and migration routes.
The original copies of these maps were donated to the Silk Road International University of Tourism and Cultural Heritage in Samarkand as a symbol of the friendship and fraternity between the two countries. The exclusive collection of designer Hamida Inoyatova will also be presented as part of the Uzbek Culture Days in Ankara and Istanbul in November.
A fashion show called "Uzbek and Turkish Motifs in Clothes" on September 25 showcased a beautiful selection of dresses from the personal collection of the talented Samarkand-based Uzbek designer Hamida Inoyatova.
Hamida Inoyatova has been a member of the board of directors of the Samarkand branch of the "Hunarmand" association since 2014, and her works have been exhibited both nationally and internationally. She has received numerous awards for her talent.
As a costume maker, I have come to appreciate the fact that every designer has their own unique approach and style. It has taken me quite some time to develop my own signature touch, but I am proud of how far I have come. My passion for embroidery dates back to when I was only seven years old. In the world of renowned seamstresses, two styles stand out - Bukhara and Samarkand. While I specialize in the Samarkand technique, I have thoroughly studied the Bukhara style to gain a deeper understanding of its unique features. I was inspired to create a collection featuring Turkic motifs after visiting Ankara.
Hamida Inoyatova told Daryo correspondent.
TÜRKTAV organized the exhibition and fashion show to promote and preserve cultural heritage and share its rich history with future generations.
Visitors can explore the maps at the Sodiq Azimov Street 35 gallery in Tashkent.
Story: Albina Gimranova
Photography: Madina Nurman
September 25, 2023