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Design Inspo: Uzbekistan

MAMANUSHKA.com || Design Inspiration || Uzbekistan || Dildora Kasimova || Ikat || Fashion || Modest Style

After a particularly draining day last week, I tucked up onto our sofa and scrolled my social media feeds in blissful silence. I don’t know about you, but the algorithms for my feed skew towards political activism, current affairs and satire. But in that moment, I wished something beautiful and new would appear under my thumb – I wasn’t in the mood to go search my bookshelves or the internet for it, I just wanted something with a bit more style and a bit less stress.

And with that thought, this video magically appeared (h/t to the lovely Sirajunmunira)! It features  the textiles, clothing and traditional fashion of women from fourteen different regions of Uzbekistan.  Obviously this video was made for a modern audience but it showcases everything I love about Central Asian style. The sumptuous colour, clashing prints, oversized florals, long lines, layers, silk, accessories… for a modern modest maximalist like me, it’s the ultimate look.  Which got me thinking, I don’t have enough ikat in my closet and perhaps it’s time to retire some of those ‘muted’ tones and led directly to a weekend long browse of Uzbek fashion designers, instagrammers and shops.

I love the way these young designers and boutiques have taken one of their strongest and most specialised traditional industries (textiles in the form of silk production, ikat weaving and embroidery, most well known as suzani) and paired them with modern silhouettes to create looks which are both elegant and compelling and are definitely inspiring my latest wardrobe update.  Even if you tend to more pared down looks, there are elements and textures here which all tastes can appreciate – so feast your eyes and, as always, give us your take in the comments.

 

Dildora Kasimova

The first Uzbek designer I stumbled across on instagram, Dildora Kasimova founded her eponymous brand in 2006. Growing up, her mother worked in a textile factory and her long-standing love of traditional textiles and tailoring shines through. Working with those same traditional artisans, she creates her own textiles and accessories, giving us designs which exude an easy glamour. All images from dildorakasimova.com.

MAMANUSHKA.com || Design Inspiration || Uzbekistan || Dildora Kasimova || Ikat || Fashion || Modest Style

MAMANUSHKA.com || Design Inspiration || Uzbekistan || Dildora Kasimova || Ikat || Fashion || Modest Style

MAMANUSHKA.com || Design Inspiration || Uzbekistan || Dildora Kasimova || Ikat || Fashion || Modest Style

MAMANUSHKA.com || Design Inspiration || Uzbekistan || Dildora Kasimova || Ikat || Fashion || Modest Style

MAMANUSHKA.com || Design Inspiration || Uzbekistan || Dildora Kasimova || Ikat || Fashion || Modest Style

 

Moel Bosh

Founded in 2012 by textile designer Zuhra Inat and her three daughters, Moel Bosh clothes are a bit quirky, vibrant and fun. Dedicated to natural fabrics and showcasing their self-designed textiles, they note that their patterns are inspired by those observed in the great, ancient city of Samarkand.  All images from moelbosh.com.

MAMANUSHKA.com || Design Inspiration || Uzbekistan || Moel Bosh || Ikat || Fashion || Modest Style

MAMANUSHKA.com || Design Inspiration || Uzbekistan || Moel Bosh || Ikat || Fashion || Modest Style

MAMANUSHKA.com || Design Inspiration || Uzbekistan || Moel Bosh || Ikat || Fashion || Modest Style

MAMANUSHKA.com || Design Inspiration || Uzbekistan || Moel Bosh || Ikat || Fashion || Modest Style

MAMANUSHKA.com || Design Inspiration || Uzbekistan || Moel Bosh || Ikat || Fashion || Modest Style

 

Zulfiya Sulton

Be still my colour-loving, pattern adoring heart! Another amazing young Uzbek designer whose clothing I couldn’t stop admiring. Award-winning Sulton founded her line around 2013 and is dedicated to creating ultra-feminine haute couture collections. Dedicated to continuing traditional craftmanship, the elegant lines of her designs not only highlight the marvellous and unique textiles of Uzbekistan but transform them into wearable (and covetable), works of art. All images from Zulfiya Sulton.

MAMANUSHKA.com || Design Inspiration || Uzbekistan || Zulfiya Sulton || Ikat || Fashion || Modest Style

MAMANUSHKA.com || Design Inspiration || Uzbekistan || Zulfiya Sulton || Ikat || Fashion || Modest Style

MAMANUSHKA.com || Design Inspiration || Uzbekistan || Zulfiya Sulton || Ikat || Fashion || Modest Style

MAMANUSHKA.com || Design Inspiration || Uzbekistan || Zulfiya Sulton || Ikat || Fashion || Modest Style

MAMANUSHKA.com || Design Inspiration || Uzbekistan || Zulfiya Sulton || Ikat || Fashion || Modest Style

MAMANUSHKA.com || Design Inspiration || Uzbekistan || Zulfiya Sulton || Ikat || Fashion || Modest Style

 

Bonus

For even more inspiration, visit the absolutely stunning LALI Fashion House – gorgeous and accessible ready-to-wear fashion inspired by the heritage of Uzbekistan. Now if only there was a way to purchase online…

MAMANUSHKA.com || Design Inspiration || Uzbekistan || LALI Fashion House || Ikat || Fashion || Modest Style

 

 

Feature image by Kareva Margarita, dress by Dildora Kasimova.

 

 

 

 

 

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7 Comments

  • Reply Fareena January 25, 2017 at 1:14 am

    I am blown away by the beauty of these fabrics!

  • Reply Nabila Munawar January 19, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Beautiful! My mom used to have this beautiful Uzbek table cloth that Dad brought her and I always wanted to wear it . In fact – I think I have a thing for table cloth wear. Nice post!

  • Reply Ausma January 19, 2017 at 12:57 am

    Gorgeous!!!

  • Reply Mohini January 18, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    Love the title : Design ‘inspo’ 🙂 look forward to more regions featured in this Inspo!

  • Reply Sirajunmunira January 18, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Salaam,

    These are lovely! I need to follow these accounts on Instagram! Please send anything like this my way and I will use it to develop the doll idea inshallah! ☺

  • Reply Soporian January 18, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Just gorgeous. Central Asia is a oft-overlooked place in terms of culture & crafts- but as you’ve highlighted, it’s unbelievably rich! Ikat is also traditional amongst the Uighur community in China. Much of the jewellery, headdresses, embroidery & ridiculously long plaits(!) also reminded me of a traditional Kashmiri woman’s get-up. I suppose we can ascribe all these similarities & connections to the silk route 🙂

  • Reply Ayesha Umair January 18, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    The prints are a-amazing. Feeling a Uzbekistan inspired shopping free after seeing all these lovely prints

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