Photographer's Note

Adjacent to Bibi Khanum Mosque in Samarkand, is the "Central or Siyob Bazaar".This is a picture from the the Bread section of the market. Bread is sacred by Uzbek people. By a tradition, when someone leaves the house he should bite off a small piece of bread, which will be kept until he comes back and eat it.

Uzbek bread, called generally non or lepeshka, is round and flat and is baked in tandoor (clay oven), after which it comes out toasted and crispy.

There are two types of Uzbek bread - plain (non) and festival special (patyr). Though round in shape, the breads differ in appearances and taste and are different by regions as well – Samarkand, Bukhara and others. Each region has their own method of baking, thereby giving their breads their own inimitable tastes.

Samarkand bread is one of the most famous of Uzbekistan and is famed for its taste, texture (flakiness) and the fact that they do taste the same for a long time, without getting stale.

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