On the basis of now classical ethnographic studies by O. A. Sukhareva, the author traces the technical transformation and diversification of the traditional silk and cotton textile weaving and dying in the vernacular manufactures of the cities of Qarshi and Kitab under Russian Protectorate and in the early Soviet period (see notably, in the latter city, the role played by the manufacturer Tursun-Jan ‘Chulaq’).  This study brings interesting nuances to the prevailing estimations on the escheat of vernacular manufacture under Russian dominance, and sketches perspectives on the craftsmanship and manufacture continuities between the colonial and early Soviet periods.

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: I-4.2-353