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Collection

An image of Wall hanging ('suzani') by

Uzbekistan

Title
Wall hanging ('suzani')
Place of origin
Uzbekistan
Media category
Textile
Materials used
silk thread embroidery on cotton with niche and plain white cotton ground
Dimensions

131.0 x 90.0 cm irreg.

Credit
Gift of John Yu and George Soutter 2008
Accession number
222.2008
Location
Not on display
Further information

The general name for embroidered textiles of the Turkestan region is suzanis. Literally translated as ‘needle’ or ‘needlework’, suzanis were an important part of a woman’s dowry. Bukhara suzani designs typically consist of delicate flowers, such as rosettes and streaming stems, along a broad patterned border. These textiles were used as decorative wall hangings, as covering for the bridal bed or as prayer mats. A tambour hook, similar to a crochet needle, was used to sew the chain stitch which was popular for such textiles.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 2008.