The Silk Road, Your Style
Silk is such a rich, shimmery fabric, dyed into shades and colors never seen by the Western world before the advent of the Silk Road. To even catch a glimpse of silk was to covet it – in ancient times and even today the world yearns for this fabric. Long ago, markets sprang up clamoring for silk, and the traders of China set out on their arduous treks to supply this demand through Central Asia, Iran, and on to the Mediterranean.
The network of roads they traveled with this treasured fabric was called the Silk Route, or more commonly, the Silk Road.
There are so many ways to explore these legendary routes, in groups and on custom journeys that focus on travelers’ specific and special interests. Perhaps it’s ceramics, or tiles, or architecture, or silk-making. A few ideas include:
Over the years the waters receded, and the remaining water grew saltier. Fishermen were unable to pursue their living because there were so few fish in the sea. Huge hulks of ships are left, high and dry, in the desert: a sight to behold on a custom journey to this region.
Combine this revealing journey into human-caused environmental disaster with an overnight stay in Nukus, the capital of autonomous Karakalpakstan in Uzbekistan. Here you’ll witness the creativity, wit, and genius of Russian artist Igor Savitsky at the Savitsky Museum, where he spirited away 40,000 forbidden pieces of Russian avante garde art, and hid them in plain sight in Uzbekistan’s desert.
The documentary Desert of Forbidden Art brought world-wide attention to this museum and its bold founder. Now it’s become a “must-see” on the travel list of many exploring the Silk Road in groups and on their own.
For tours and custom travelers alike, the Silk Road remains an area of the world that stuns and moves the inquisitive spirit – then, and now.
- Central Asian Epic Overland Adventure
- Chinese Turkestan & Central Asia
- Journey Through Central Asia: The Five ‘Stans
- Silk Route Odyssey: Caravan Across Uzbekistan
(Top photo credit: Michel Behar – All sorts of silks are sold along the Silk Road, here in Margilan, Uzbekistan.)
PUBLISHED: November 14, 2014