UzbekAlive was created by a small group of enthusiasts as a channel for promotion of work of Uzbek artisans and designers. After several years of contemplating, in 2002 we finally put our efforts together and launched this website. Every great success story starts with a garage and an idea. Ours was not an exception. In years of running UzbekAlive, through trials and errors, we learnt several things, the major one of them being – we do have something unique and beautiful to offer to the world. In fact, we have become known as a place to shop for unique textiles and crafts. It humbles us to think that dreasses made of our fabrics were worn for Nobel awards ceremonies and our pillow covers decorate beautiful homes around the world. It is not without a joy and pride we customize our jewelry boxes to be given as unforgettable wedding gifts, or as an engagement ring box for that very special occasion. Our ikat scarves are worn by style-conscious ladies from Tokyo to New York.
Everything on this website was made in Uzbekistan with tremendous amount of care. We work directly with artisans, who live in Uzbekistan and are the most talented artists and designers in their fields. The money generated through sales on UzbekAlive is used to support these artists and designers who otherwise would be struggling making a living doing what they love in a today's unstable economy of Uzbekistan, where people are more concerned about meeting basic needs, not about keeping Uzbek art Alive.
We carry a limited number of units of each product at a time and, as everything that is hand made, the patterns and designs will be very similar, but never absolutely identical. Everything here is fair-traded – artists would not have sold us anything unless we paid a fair price. There was no child labor involved in the production of any item we sell; in fact, by working with artisans we help them give their children a better education. Peace, love and beauty from all of us at UzbekAlive!