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Suzani

Silk or cotton thread embroidery on cotton or silk background mostly from Uzbekistan, typically hand crafted as a dowry object. The term suzani is derived from the Persian word suzan meaning needle. These glorious textiles are painstakingly crafted with flowing curvilinear motifs representing sun and moon disks, flowers, vines, fruits (especially pomegranates) and occasionally birds and fish. The chain, button hole and satin stitches are the primary stitches used. Antique examples are extremely valued yet many fine examples are still being created today. Although there are classic designs and motifs, each suzani textile is unique and tells its own distinct tale.

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