This mid 19th century Suzanni measures 4’2” X 5’2” (127 x 157 cm). It has been reduced and put back together near the center. As you can see, it is very beautifully drawn with nice all vegetal dyed colors and a very pleasant design. It’s too bad that it has been reduced but I didn’t order it that way. There are a couple of small to medium sized holes as photographed. The piece is ‘as is’. If framed and hung on a wall it would be stunning. The buyer pays the shipping which includes insurance of $25.
Suzani are embroidered fabric woven by Uzbek village women traditionally as part of their dowries and as a means of expression. The women would hand weave long strips of cotton or linen. A woman would pen her design onto the cloth and hand embroider the pattern with the help of her friends or relatives. The strips would then be stitched together to use in their homes. Oftentimes the personality of the individual embroiderer would come through and the sections may all look a little different. Today Suzanis are still being produced as a revenue source and decoration for local homes and businesses and sold in the markets of Uzbekistan.
An article on the origins and construction of Uzbek Suzani ~ Click Here!