Thursday, June 11, 2020

Suzani Textiles

I have just recently learned that this type of embroidered textiles are called Suzani.
Suzani is a type of decorative tribal textile made in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and other Central Asian countries. The name Suzani originates from the Persian language where suzan means needle. 

The art of making suzani textiles employs a cotton or a silk base, which is then embroidered in silk or cotton thread. 
The primary use of a suzani was within the yurt, as a protective wrapping panel for textiles and belongings, but they were also used  as prayer mats, bed sheets, for sitting, etc.   

Suzanis were traditionally made by brides and their mothers as part of their dowry and they were presented to the groom and his family on the wedding day. They mostly represent symbols of luck, health, longevity and fertility.

There is a beautiful text on the history of Suzani here.

Inspired by these, I am trying to make a Suzani in crochet. We'll see how that turns out :)

All images found on pinterest via the Suzani search. 


handmade by amalia said...

Stunning. Did you happen to see an old movie called Gabbeh by Mohsen Makhmalbaf?

Maya Kuzman said...

No, I haven't, but I googled it right after I read your comment and now I must find it! :)

cristina said...

very interesting, thank you for sharing.
I can't wait to see your crocheted suzani :)

Anonymous said...

These are gorgeous!


Sophie said...

Πολύ όμορφα !!!Μπράβο υπέροχη δουλειά!!!!

ruşyena said...

I know suzani textile but not crochet form. I want to see it!
Happy crocheting Maya!

Maya Kuzman said...

Thank you Sophie, but these are not the work of my hands. These are pictures sourced from pinterest. You can find the relevant links on my board named "Fabric".

Kim said...

My goodness, Suzanni textiles are stunning! I wouldn't have minded having a few of these in my dowry. =) I could look at these patterns for a very long time and get lost in the magic of each one....oh the beautiful details!