November 13, 2017


 TABAQ/TABAQSOZI/TABAQTAROSHI is ware for dishes. Tin its form, size, and design, tabaq is different: ones are not very deep, others are wider, small etc. tabaq is produced from wood, ceramics, porcelain, metal, and sometimes from marble.  Archeological finds are evidence of the ancient history of tabaqsozi/tabaqtaroshi.
However, the craft tabaqtaroshi only concerns wood. Tabaqki chubi (verbatim from Tajik – ‘wooden plate’) is in demand and stably exists in central and southern parts of Tajikistan. Tabaqi chubi has different sizes but always – round form.
The craft tabaqtaroshi is a handy craft. Tabaqi chubi is produced from trees of willow, nut, mulberry, apricot, and others.
Manufactures are opened to produce other tabaq (porcelain, metal, and ceramics). In them, traditional ornaments are used: naqshi, kajaq, guli bodom, tovus, and chashmi bulbul. The top is usually covered with enamel.
Tabaqi chubi is for adults and children, traditional dishes shkarob, kurutb, fatirmaska, and others are usually given in tabaqi chubi. These dishes are eaten by hands but not with a spoon. And this is stable tradition.
Two-layered tabaqi chubi: down part for dish and upper smaller one for salad, are produced for eating oshi palav or some qabob, which need to be eaten with salad. Tabaqi chubi is a very comfortable for using. Population prefers tabaqi chubi better because to eat from it is more delicious, it is also economic and unbroken in using.