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Title

Wall hanging ('suzani')


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

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.


Details


Place where the work was made

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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

222.2008



Place

Where the work was made
Uzbekistan