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.
Place where the work was made
silk thread embroidery on cotton with niche and plain white cotton ground
131.0 x 90.0 cm irreg.
Gift of John Yu and George Soutter 2008
Not on display