For those who love textiles, ceramics, patterns and colors, Uzbekistan is as good as it gets. The Fergana Valley is famous for its artisans, with the Rishtan ceramic school and the silk weavers in Margilan, while Samarkand has its own ceramics school and the famous Meros Paper Mill, which makes paper from mulberry bark using the same technologies as centuries ago. Bukhara is probably the best place to buy souvenirs, with a wide variety of excellent crafts and gifts. Tours through these places are a great way to meet the artisans themselves, and learn about how they make their famous products. Many techniques and technologies have been passed down through the generations, making Uzbekistan a strikingly unique destination for cultural tourism.

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