Handmade on the Silk Road is a Documentary programme.

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Handmade on the Silk Road

Series about traditional crafts along the ancient trade route of the Silk Road. The Uyghur community in north west China have been making atlas silk for thousands of years. Mattursun Islam and his family are continuing the tradition, using a combination of handmade techniques and mechanised looms. From designing the patterns to colouring, dyeing and weaving the thread, this film follows each stage in absorbing detail. We also get an engaging glimpse into how their family and working life are closely connected. With rival companies often copying his designs, Mattursan is proud of his reputation. But he and his wife also enjoy a good-natured rivalry over who really runs things. episode 1.

Genre: Documentary

Running Time: 30 minutes (approx)

When is Handmade on the Silk Road next on TV?

It's next showing on BBC 4 May 8th, 7:30pm and on BBC 4 May 9th, 7:30pm. See more...