The word Suzani comes from the Persian word for “needle.” It refers specifically to the exquisite silk thread embroidery panels made by women of Central Asia in the area now known as Uzbekistan along the Silk Roads which interconnected the cultures of Europe, Turkey and China with the Muslim world.
The creation of a Suzani design is deeply rooted in tradition. This intricate embroidered craft work of meandering grapevines along the border and stylized botanical motifs began at the birth of a daughter and continued with the help of family and friends until the bride’s dowry was complete.
This art form has been going on for millennia, but since Suzanis were used until they were threadbare, the oldest existing ones known are from the 18th century. Most of the Suzani surviving today are village or urban works. Except at a few museums, Suzani have not been studied much because they were made in the home for personal use and rarely appeared in the written records of merchants or travelers.
- Alice Guercio for Kravet
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