Visit picturesque traditional workshop of Mukhtarov brothers in Koni Ghil village on outskirts of Samarkand. After years of researching old manuscripts and experimenting with organic materials, they managed to recreate the lost recipe of famous Samarkand silk paper.
This unique technology is based on processing a bark of young mulberry twigs, turning it thin plywood and polishing the end product with specific stones. In medieval times Samarkand silk paper was considered the best for important documents, precious manuscripts and calligraphic masterpieces. Nowadays it regains its position as desirable gift for those who appreciate quality and uniqueness.
“Meros” workshop masters (mostly Mukhtarovs family and neighbours) will show you the whole process – from collecting and sorting the mulberry bark, boiling it into mixture that is pressed by the water mill, producing the thin plywood and finishing this into fine paper by stone polishing. You can try to participate in this process, as well as write and draw your own gift. In-house gallery and shop will offer you various products made from silk paper.
Why not to sit on the bank of small river streaming through the workshop and enjoy a cup of green tea? For group travellers we organise a traditional lunch and plov cooking master-class with folk music and even the national acrobatic show by the family circus troop from Shakhrisyabz.