Margilan, a city in the east of Uzbekistan, was an important stop along the ancient Silk Road. A region with a rich history of silk and cotton production, this tradition has been carried along through generations, and the city is famous for its Ikat designs. We are working with a number of communities here to build export capacity and create employment in the region.
After completing extensive research in the region, EFI has partnered with social enterprise, IkatUz, and a cooperative of independent artists. IkatUz brings together 5 masters, 9 workers and more than 50 weavers, and serves as an open platform for creating opportunities for them to introduce their products to new markets, while preserving traditional craftsmanship and cultural values. In smaller, independent workshops in Margilan we are collaborating with a cooperative of artisans to implement our social and environmental standards.
By meeting and interviewing different stakeholders, producers, artisans, designers and local authorities, the EFI team has completed an assessment of skills, materials and resources available in the region and suitable for the international lifestyle market, defined possible supply chains for textiles, interiors and accessories and identified main challenges and issues affecting trade and production.
EFI’s work in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan is funded by the European Union.