Central Asia is no stranger to conflict. It has survived 4 major conquests: the Arabs in the 8th Century, the Mongols and Chinggis Khan in the 12th, Tamerlane in the 14th century and the Tsarist consolidation of Turkestan in the 19th Century. Most of the 20th century saw Soviet control of much of the region.
Yet as Fredrick Starrs "The Long View" (Hand/Eye Magazine 03 summer '10) The arts and the crafts of the region are thriving in the 21st Century. Why? The tradition of creativity and trade along the old Silk Road is an important factor. So is the diverse 's tough determination to survive andd thrive often accomplished with infinite effort and a sense of beauty.