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Series about traditional crafts along the Silk Road trade route. In northern China, a family of weavers use a combination of handmade techniques and mechanised looms.

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.

30 minutes

Last on

Mon 21 Jan 2019 19:30

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Role Contributor
Producer Jon Morrice
Director Jon Morrice
Executive Producer Richard Bright


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