This is an Uzbek Suzani from Samarkand. Approximate age is 50 - 60 years. This suzani is an example of genuine folk art, stitched by hand in the traditional manner. Suzanis have become highly collectable and values for their beautiful decoration and fine craftsmanship. A suzani is a large, hand-embroidered textile panel; the word comes from the Persian word which means needlework.Originating from nomadic tribes in Central Asian Countries such as Tajikistan, Uzbekista and Kazakhstan. The use of a suzani was within the yurt (a Central Asian nomadic tent). They were used primarily as a bed cover or a wall hanging or as a protective wrapping panel for textiles and belongings and for seating.
They were traditionally made by brides and their mothers as part of a dowry, and presented to the groom on his wedding day. Traditionally this embroidery work began at the birth of a daughter and continued, with the help of family and friends, until the bride's dowry was complete. Suzanis are made from cotton, sometimes silk. The pattern is first drawn onto the cotton, before being embroidered on narrow portable looms.
They are usually produced in two or more pieces, meaning that they can be worked on by more than one person, before being stitched together. Suzanis are coloured with vegetable dyes.
The dyeing process takes place in an outdoor vat. Thread was dyed for the project as needed, and with each dye lot there could be changes in colour and tone. Susani patterns are differentiated according to locality using a variety of patterns, which traditionally include the sun and moon, flowers and creepers of the Asian steppes, leaves and vines, fruits (especially pomegranates), and occasionally fish and birds.Suzanis had a symbolic significance, too. They represented the binding together of two families, and were adorned with symbols of luck, health, long life and fertility offering protection or strength to their owners. Suzani make delightful wall hangings, bedspreads, furniture throws, pillows, or even tablecloths. The item "Suzani Vintage Uzbek Silk Handmade Embroidery Dowry Wall Hanging Bedspread" is in sale since Wednesday, March 31, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Fabric/Textiles\Embroidery". The seller is "primrose_3000" and is located in Newcastle upon Tyne. This item can be shipped worldwide.