Rostmen has 20 years of experience of running various business enterprises in ex-USSR block. This experience has helped our company acquire many global connections and we have an extensive line of networks and contacts within the region which affords Rostmen significant advantages within Central Asia.
Rostmen has a long history and experience in the business of exporting cotton, silk yarn, textile and other products produced in Central Asia. The export projects Rostmen has worked on range in size and span various countries and continents geographically.
During these years Rostmen has made many important and strong business connections that have been maintained to this day.
The Silk Road passed through the territory of modern Uzbekistan and played an important role in world trade. This system of trade routes appeared before our era and flourished until the second half of the 18th century. Historians believe that the real beginning of the great road connecting caravan routes from Central Asia (Turan) to the west, south and east dates back to the middle of the second century BC, when the countries of Central Asia were the first western countries for China.
Historians believe that this is a unique event in the history of human development, it existed during the time of three great empires Turan, Iran and Yunon (Byzantine Empire). This intercontinental trade route, the largest in the history of mankind, connected Europe and Asia to ancient Egypt. Of course, trade between East and West has been going on since ancient times, but these were separate parts of the Great Wall, which was built in the future. The development of trade relations was largely facilitated by the discovery and mining in the mountains of Central Asia of semiprecious stones - lapis lazuli, jade, onyx, turquoise, which are highly valued in the East. For example, there was a “lapis lazuli route” from Central Asia to Iran, Mesopotamia and even Egypt, where lapis & lazuli was transported. At the same time, a “jade road” was built that connected the Khotan and Yarkent districts (East Turkestan now in China) with the regions of northern China. In addition, agate was imported into Southeast Asia and Bactria, and turquoise was imported from Khorezm. All these routes eventually merged into the Great Silk Road.
For thousands of years, Uzbek culture has been influenced by different people. Famous conquerors and their powerful armies passed through the mountains and deserts of Uzbekistan. Among them were Alexander the Great, Alexander, who met his lover here - Roxanne; Genghis Khan, who defeated the renaissance of civilization. Amir Timur (also known as Temerlan) who was born here and subsequently ruled one of the largest empires in the 14th century. In the era of Timur, special attention was paid to science and education, medicine, art, as well as weaving and silk worming for the production of silk. Silk was strategically important to Amir Timur. Historically, in the cities of Uzbekistan, merchants traveling along the Silk Road stopped. According to the ancestors, it is known that the practice of silk worming and silk spinning existed 4000 years ago in the south of Uzbekistan, in the Ferghana Valley, as well as in the headwaters of the Zarafshan River.
In the era of the Soviet Union, the silk industry in Uzbekistan acquired a modernization process. Uzbekistan was the main producer and supplier of silk fiber and textiles. Also, silk raw materials were processed from neighboring republics; Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.
Today, Uzbekistan is the only country from the Central Asian countries in the post-Soviet region, which has not only preserved, but is also developing and successfully promoting the modernization of production sectors in order to take its place in the international market. Currently, Uzbekistan is in third place among the main producers of silk fibers after China and India. Uzbekistan is a leader in per capita production.
Silk is the strongest natural fibre that was used in ancient times to make beautiful lightweight fabrics. In the Phoenician tombs near Sabrata, a city located on the territory of Libya, silk fabrics were discovered, made according to archaeologists more than 3000 years ago.
Some historians believe that silkworm breeding originated in China and from there spread to other countries, such as India. But much earlier information is found in the scriptures, where silk is mentioned among the expensive goods that“Babylon the Great” bought (Rev. 18: 2, 11, 12).
Some translations at Ezekiel 16:10, 13 translate the Hebrew word meśhi as “silk,”“silk veil,” and so on (SP, PAM, SMP, SoP, Tx). According to rabbinic tradition, meśshi means silk. Therefore, in the "New World Translation" it is rendered as "expensive cloth", which is consistent with the opinion of modern lexicographers.
In the Torah, “a scarlet piece of cloth” is called in Hebrew “Sheni tola'at” שני תולעת- literally “crimson worm” - is described as being used in the cleansing ceremony, from the leprosy flash (Leviticus 14), along with the cedar tree and the hyssop ... Prominent scholar and leading medieval translator of Hebrew sources and books of the Bible in Arabic, Rabbi Saadia Gaon, explicitly translates this phrase into "crimson silk" - חריר קרמז حرير قرم
Traditional silk production methods are used to this day. Silkworms form cocoons which are steamed in water and then removed so that the thread can be unwound. Silk farms cultivate billions of caterpillars, known as Bombyx mori. Around 3000 cocoons are required for the production of just 500 grams of silk. Each domesticated silkworm can lay thousands of eggs, which hatch into caterpillars which are fed on mulberry leaves. Fully grown, the caterpillar weaves a cocoon in about two or three days. These cocoons are sorted by size and color. Their thread forms raw silk, which can then be dyed with natural dyes. Yellow traditionally was reserved for Chinese Royalty. In the 1880s artificial silk or viscose was invented but even today, it’s considered no match for the real thing.