"The Silk Town in Fergana Valley" Marghilon by coceng
Marghilon Travel Guide: 12 reviews and 23 photos
18th June 2008 (Wednesday) :
I came to Margilon by a day trip from Kokand.
Though along the way, I stopped for a while in Fergana.
There's only one place here in Margilon that most tourists would like to see.
A silk factory.
It's funny that this place is listed on every guidebook on Uzbekistan.
Is this place worth it ?
The entrance to the place is the photo above.
Arrived in Margilon by a mashrutka from Fergana.
Not far from the mashrutka station but I asked the driver to drop me right at the front of the entrance.
Too lazy for me to look for the place.
The driver charged me extra.
I paid him 1500 som.
Original fare, only 500 som.
Damn him !
It's not that far at all, only 5 minutes walk away.
Right at the entrance, I was greeted by a young lady.
Spoke good English.
She toured me around the area.
From the leaves eaten by the maggots to the processed silk ready for sale were all on display (in her memory).
It's not boring but I was asking myself why would I wanted to know about how silk is made anyway !
That's the funny part.
I just wanted to buy some silks for sure.
The tour ended in about half an hour.
It could have ended in 10 minutes.
I asked questions that's why it took that long.
I asked more questions on the lady than about anything silk.
I asked her how she got the job. The place belong to her uncle.
I asked her how long she's been working there. About a few days ago.
I just chatted with her.
My opinions on this place.
Well, if you like to know HOW silk is made (especially they still use the traditional way of weaving everything by hands), then you'll like this place.
Knowledge for you.
If you just want to buy silks, then this place couldn't offer you what you are looking for !
They don't have much selections, not many designs to choose from.
Yes, the prices are cheap, so-so.
About 6 to 8 USD.
The area doesn't look like it's a factory.
It's more in a compound of several houses.
It's funny when the workers would start to do their 'work' right away once me & the guide entered the houses.
It's like, "We are showing these for you only. It's not even our day job."
We are not obliged to buy anything.
For me, at least I bought 2 scarfs.
Cost me USD 16.
One is light blue, the other is gray.
4 meters of silk altogether.
Out from the compound.
I walked to the mashrutka station.
Margilon is another bazaar town in Fergana Valley.
I didn't stay long.
Found my mashrutka, waited for about 15 minutes.
Off I was back to Kokand.
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