The exquisite sheen and feel of silk is never far from mind in the Fergana valley, where fertile land, colorful bazaars, and mulberry-lined roads weave into this rich region at Uzbekistan’s commercial and agricultural heart. To watch silk produced traditionally from steamed and unraveled cocoons and into the patterned and hand woven khanatlas cloth at Margilon’s Yodgorlik silk factory is both magical and educational. You’ll be similarly entranced by the nearby Kuntepa Bazaar, where the throng’s solemn chatter and genteel tea-sipping seems of more import than engagement in fevered trade. There are no foreign traders and few tourists here and, beyond your own exclamations and silk-smoothing hands, the bazaar is as it has been for centuries. Said to be the best bazaar in the country.