Colours of the Silk Road: Suzani embroideries from UzbekistanBurrel Collection until Sunday 4th January 2009

Suzani Embroideries

The word Suzani means needlework and it refers to a type of embroidery what is today Uzbekistan. Embroidered wall hangings, bed covers, cushions, etc were part of a girls’ dowry that she would take to the marital house once married.

Stripes of cotton sewed together were handed to the draughtswoman whom would draw the patterns by hand with only a circular object as aid, her position usually had been inherited from mother to daughter throughout the generations. The draughtswoman and the family who had requested the work would discuss the subject together; once draw the pieces of fabric would be separated to be embroidered by the women and then rejoined once finished.

Patterns were applied by their symbolic meanings and influenced by all sort of things traded in the Silk Road, specially in Bukhara and Samarkand.

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