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Suzani handmade from Uzbekistan.Tablecloth, Wall hanging,bedspread,bedcover
Suzani reflects the talent and soul of Uzbek masters, while the embroidery motifs carry a symbolic meaning associated with fertility, protection, health and stability in the family.
Each Susan's story is as rich as their colors, as intricate as the patterns covering their surfaces.
This lovingly crafted textile can be used in a variety of ways to give texture, romance and charm to any room.
Dimension : 150cm x 220 cm
These textiles are pretty complex, which indicates their importance. Suzanis were part of a bride’s dowry, generally started at the birth of a daughter and continued with the help of family and friends until the bride’s dowry was complete and ready to be presented to the groom at the wedding. It was a symbol of the family’s status, as the wealthier families could put more time and effort into making their suzanis. So, it was important to make really great suzanis, as your family would be judged by them.
Historically girls learnt how to embroider just as soon as they could hold a needle. This needlework was extremely important in the household because interior decoration back in those days was all about textiles. Carpets, cushions, bedspreads, teapot covers, wall hangings – these everyday items were made by hand and were ways of expressing one’s creativity.
Girls learned to sew and embroider starting from an early age. Embroideries were done by girls with a help of female members of the family for their dowries.
Embroidered objects accompanied a girl to her married life and were pieces of her family surrounding her in her new home. Most extraordinary pieces were passed from one generation to the next. These days some of those pieces attract textile lovers in museums around the world.
Back in the days marriages were widely a matter of a family arrangement. When choosing a bride, a groom-to-be and his family could not see or talk to a girl directly. However, when they came to visit girls’ parents in hopes to arrange a marriage, they could see the girls’ work around the house. A suzani wall hanging here, a tablecloth with exquisite needlework there, a teapot cover with exceptional embroidered details on a table... By inspecting the quality of these suzani fabrics, the coordination of colors and a precision of embroidery they could develop an idea about a girl, her taste, her spirit, her diligence and her personality.
Popular design motifs include sun and moon disks, meandering grapevines along the border and stylized botanical motifs, flowers, especially tulips, carnations, irises and pomegranate, a traditional symbol of fertility, and occasional fish and birds. The fabrics are often lightly dyed to produce a soft beige tint, a so-called “tea wash.” Occasionally other colors are used for the ground fabrics. For large Suzanis, several of the fabric strips are first sewn loosely together, an elder of the tribe or village draws her design on the fabric after which it is taken apart again. Each female member of the family embroiders a separate strip. The pieces are then re-assembled as one.
Traditionally Suzani’s are made entirely by hand and can take as long as 18 months to complete.The oldest surviving suzanis are from the late 18th and early 19th centuries, but it seems likely that they were in use long before that.
Today Suzani are used to enhance any interior design, be traditional, eclectic or modern. They are used as pillows, upholstery fabrics, bedspreads, table covers or wall hangings.
Dry cleaning recommended.