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Title

Wall hanging ('suzani')

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • 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
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Uzbekistan