Friday, March 29, 2013

Karakalpakstan to boost silk production

The Uzbek Cotton Industry Association (Uzpakhtasanoat) is currently initiating a project to further develop the sericulture industry in the Republic of Karakalpakstan. The cost of the project is estimated at 7.744 billion soums (approx 4 million USD).

 All five existing processing plants are to participate in the project which aims to construct additional production facilities and increase the on farm production of silk cocoons by developing an additional 60 hectares of mulberry plantations.

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  1. The history of Silk in Uzbekistan is as old as the Silk Road itself. Silk was traded through the corridors of Tienshan Range into Uzbekistan. Legend has it that it was brought into the country by a Chinese princess who was betrothed to a prince in the Ferghana as part of a matrimonial alliance made to ensure safe passage for Chinese caravans. China for long had kept silk production secret. The princess, who could not resist her passion for silk, is said to have concealed silk worms in her elaborate coiffure and by doing so exported the art of silk making on her marriage journey to Central Asia. She then started sericulture and the production of silk fabric in her new home. Silk sericulture soon moved beyond the Ferghana Valley to other regions of Uzbekistan.