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Silk Road: A Textile Journey
February 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wool, cotton and silk have each played a crucial role in the fortunes of Central Asia. They were much needed resources for the great nomadic races and their cultures.
Chris Alexander was born in Turkey and spent his childhood there and in war-torn Beirut. After school, Chris spent two years at sea before studying media and journalism at Leicester University. He then moved to Khiva, a desert oasis in Uzbekistan, establishing a UNESCO workshop reviving fifteenth century carpet designs and embroideries, creating employment for women. After a year in the UK writing, “A Carpet Ride to Khiva”, he moved to the Pamirs in Tajikistan, training yak herders to comb their yaks for their cashmere-like down; he spent three years there.
Next came two years in Kyrgyzstan, living in the world’s largest natural walnut forest and establishing a wood-carving workshop.
Chris has recently finished studying at Oxford and is a curate at St. Barnabas, North Finchley. He is the author of, “Alabaster” and “Manacle” and returns to central Asia whenever he can, conducting tours there.