Chust

Chust

The second largest city in the Namangan region is Chust. This city is more than 3,500 years old, judging by archaeological evidence. The population, for the most part and at that time, was represented by Persians and people of the same mindset. And since those times Chust is the center of metal processing and making knives and piercing-cutting weapons, now used for the purposes of paraphernalia or decoration. There is a Suzangar quarter in Chust, where metal smiths are forged in the smithy and master knives are made.

A lot of "proprietary" methods of processing, hardening, sharpening and coating knives can be found here. Each master has his own mark, which is knocked out on the still not cooled knife blade, so you can easily determine where and by whom it was made. Each knife has its own function, it depends on the shape of the blade itself, the size of the blade, the dimensions of the handle and even the ratio of the dimensions of the handle to the blade, the way it is sharpened and hardened by metal.

Blades are also decorated on many knives with intricate patterns of embossing and, sometimes, are decorated with inlaid stones or metal. For knives, special sheaths are also manufactured here, which differ in the material of manufacture and methods of decoration. They can be both leather and other materials. The Tashkent National Museum exhibited samples of arrowheads and Chust knives, which, according to the results of the study, are more than four thousand years old! Thus, you can be sure that the manufacture of knives in Chust exists almost as much as there is a person on this place.

In addition to knives in Chust, they make headdresses, skullcaps. They also have their own characteristics both in form and in decorating patterns on their surface. Of course, skullcaps are made by hand. Embroidery is handmade. One skullcap can go from ten days to a month, but you can be sure that the product will be unique, like everything that is done manually by masters.

Both knives and skullcaps made by Chust masters, any inhabitant of Uzbekistan can easily recognize among similar products, like any tourist who has at least once visited Chust.


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