Rasuljon Mirzaahmedov

Born in 1973, Rasuljon Mirzaahmedov represents the fifth generation of ikat weavers in Margilan city, the most famous place for silk production in Central Asia. He learnt the skills of ikat weaving from his father - Turghunbay Mirzaahmedov, who was a famous, most recognized master of ikat weaving in Uzbekistan and around the world. In 2005 Rasuljon was awarded with “A Seal of Excellence” by UNESCO for restoring old design of Bukhara velvet –“A’lo Bakhmal”.
In 2005, upon the decision of UNESCO in Uzbekistan, he establsihed “Khorezm Weaving Training Center” in “Olloqulihan” Madrasa in Khorezm, in order to restore old Khorezm fabrics. In 2005, the designer Oscar De La Renta created his collection using adras and sikl  velvet fabrics made by Rasuljon.
Since 2006 he has been holding training sessions on natural dying, design at carpet and weaving workshops of Boysun handicraft center in Surhandarya region of Uzbekistan.
From the beginning of 2007, upon the decision of UNESCO in Uzbekistan, Rasuljon set up “ The Center for Handicraft Development” at Said Akhmad Khuja Madrasa in Margilan city. At the moment ikat weaving, carpet weaving, embroidery and block-printing workshops are operating at this center. One of the major works done by Rasuljon was to write a book “The Secrets of Natural Dyeing” in Uzbek language. Currently the book is being translated into English and German.
In March 2008 Rasuljon was invited to Afghanistan by “Turquoise Mountain” organization to revive ikat weaving methods.
As his book “The Secrets of Natural Dyeing” had been translated into Dari language, in November 2009 he was invited to Afghanistan by “Turquoise Mountain” organization to hold workshop on natural dyeing.
He is a participant of several international exhibitions and competitions including:
  • 2005 – Textile Exhibition of Turgunbay and Rasuljon Mirzaahmedov, Ilkhom Theater, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • January 2006 - Regional Development Project by JICA, Osaka , Japan
  • July 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 - International Folk Art Market, Santa Fe, USA
  • April 2007 - “The Treausers of Uzbekistan” The Art and Tourism of Uzbekistan , Paris, France
  • May 2007 - Exhibiton for 2000 Anniversary of Margilan city at UNESCO HQ, Paris, France