means needlework and representative of the gorgeous embroideries of Uzbekistan,
in Central Asia.
Persia/Iran Suzan means needle and Suzandozi means needlework.
the early eighteenth (18) century Uzbek women created fabulous embroidered wall
hangings, bed covers, wrapping clothes, table cloths and praying mats for their
homes and daughters’ dowries.
the centuries, it became more popular in Europe and the USA and the Americas and in the apparel
collections, such as coats, pants, skirts, tops and blouses.
However, in the early 15th century, Ruy Gonzáles de Clavijo, the Castilian ambassador to the court of Timur (Tamerlane),
left detailed descriptions of embroideries that were probably forerunners of
crafting work was conducted in workshops and even in homes in the regions of Tajikistan,
Kazakhstan, Tashkent, Nurata, Samarkand, Bukhara, Shahrisabz and Armenia. The
craft traveled along the century to other Central Asian and Middle Eastern
countries and into many of the other Western nations.
fabrics used to embroide on are hand-woven in silk (silk warp), cotton (cotton wefts) or a blend
of silk and cotton and satin weave use a silk weft. These fabrics are slightly
tinted in soft beige made from a tea wash. And the suzani embroidery is done
with silk threads.
main stitches used are chain, satin and buttonhole. The most popular design
motifs are of local nature such as the sun, moon, disks, flowers (tulips,
carnations, irises, thistle, orchids, gladiolas, lavender, gerberas, roses),
leaves, vines, fruit (pomegranates) and sometimes fish and birds.