Bright Flowers

by Nathan Hamm on 9/16/2004

Mentioned earlier here, the Sydney Morning Herald has a story on an exhibition of Central Asian crafts.

Textiles and ceramics form the bulk of the pieces. This was news to me but,

“Central Asia is the only place in the Islamic world where this incredible tradition of Islamic ceramics has survived,” says Guy Petherbridge, the Australian chairman of Heritage Central Asia, which has helped co-ordinate the exhibition.

“Why? Because of the geographical isolation of the region during the Soviet period. Other Islamic markets were being flooded with consumerism in the form of cheap plastics and aluminium. In Central Asia this didn’t happen.”

The ceramics are incredible. While I was home, I admired the tiles my father bought.


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Nathan is the founder and Principal Analyst for Registan, which he launched in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. Since 2007, he has worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. More information on Registan's services can be found here, and Nathan can be contacted via Twitter or email.

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