Ikat weaving in Uzbekistan is experiencing a modern renaissance after the Soviet years in which this traditional art was pushed underground. During the Soviet push for industrialization and manufacturing, weaving equipment was destroyed and master weavers were sent to labor camps, prisons and mines. After Uzbek independence in 1991, the master weavers who had hidden equipment and continued to weave in secret emerged from the long dark period and began to revive this highly skilled art.

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