In the villages of Uzbekistan lives the heart of the country.
Village people welcome
Village near Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Traveling along the historic silk route from the mountains of Fergana Valley to the desert's edge near Khiva we see and photograph the stunning  beauty and monumental scale of Uzbekistan's unmatched mosques, madrassas and mausoleums. The friendliness and hospitality in the villages I visit along the way are  most memorable.  Some times tea is offered, other times a meal (all freshly cooked) with the traditional bread/non fresh from a tandoor oven.  

The houses are often courtyard style - walled with a courtyard in the middle for growing fruit trees, vegetables , flowers, a sitting area for eating. For sleeping separate rooms on each side  which open into the courtyard.  A separate area for chickens, sheep, and goats. Often two generations will live together. 

Village near Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Girl with Dimple
Taskent Village girl

Swaddling the baby
Traditional baby basket
Village near Bukhara, Uzbekistan
Preparing lunch 

All photographs © Barbara Nelson Photography