Chitgari, or block printing with carved wooden stamps, has been part of the ancient traditions of the Central Asian region for centuries and is mainly practiced by Tajiks and Uzbeks. The love for art shows in details and patterns. Traditionally these are mainly depictions of plants such as pomegranate, willow leaves or tulips.
In addition to the production of printed fabrics, individual items such as tablecloths and blankets were also produced. Women’s clothes and scarves were also decorated with hand block printing.
Block printing – Chitgari is a hereditary skill, which is passed down from generation to generation in Central Asia.
Master in Istaravshan (Tajikistan): Miramin Saidov