Dadabaeva Muharram

IMG_2527Dadabaeva Muharram is a designer Ozara products. Thanks to her talent in our products there are traditional ornaments of Tajikistan .Muharram from an early age loved to paint, sew and embroider. In 1986 she graduated from the Kirov LGPI, Department of drawing and painting, and was teaching there. After her husband’s death she was left with two small children. In the difficult 90s, when the country was in a civil war in order to feed her children, she began to sew national women’s dresses and sell them at the market. In 2011, the project “Saving our Heritage – saving ourselves,” she began to create designs of pillows with traditional ornaments of Tajik Suzane.


Sharipova Firuza

Шарипова-ФирузаSharipova Firuza is a mother of two children. Her husband for six years is in migration in Russia. Firuza came to NABWT heard about trainings of embroidery which were organized by us. During the training, she learned the art of embroidery and on the completion of the training, she began to receive orders from the company, “Ozara”. Seeing how she embroiders and gets paid for it, her daughter in law-Dilrabo, whose husband is also in labor migration, asked her to teach the embroidery technique. Now, Firuza and her daughter in law Dilrabo embroider pillows and receive income from this activity.


Rakhmatova Gulchehra

рахматова-ГулчехраRakhmatova Gulchehra is a mother of three children. After high school, she was married, she did not have the opportunity to continue her education. She has not been working anywhere for a long time and was a housewife. She then took part in the training on “product development” organized by NABWT which was within the project framework “Tajik Women Economic Empowerment.” She is a shining example of what is possible if you want to learn embroidery as soon as possible and equally with her husband to make money without leaving home.


Naimova Nargis

наимова-НаргисNaimova Nargis is 25 years old artisan with two sons. Nargis has been embroidering from the age of 10. In her family this craft has been passed on from generation to generation. Besides of pillow embroidery, she also makes a great “Fenichka” by the “macrame” technique. In her own Spitamen district she teaches women and girls the art of suzane embroidery and weaving of “macrame” for free. Also, Nargis is the winner of the contest “The best designer of Suzane,” which was held by NABWT within the project framework “Tajik women economic empowerment – TWEET”.


Ramzia Davlatkhujaeva

Ramzia Davlatkhujaeva is a young craftswoman from Darvaz district, who says her favorite work is suzani embroidery. She is 25, and she is highly skilled. She learned the art of suzani embroidery from her mother and sister.
“I like doing this. I earn money selling my goods, which I created for people with a lot of love. I have to thank my mom of teaching me the art of embroidery”, says Ramzia.
Ramzia’s suzanis are not only highly demanded at the local market, but they also were displayed at several exhibitions in Darvaz district during national holidays. She uses zaminaduzi and gulduzi techniques in her work, as well as red and white colors. Ramzia also uses high quality materials, but not modern ones – those that were left from her mother. Like many other craftswomen, Ramzia is suffering from the lack of high quality materials for suzanis.
Ramzia dreams of becoming a talented and famous craftswoman one day in the future.

Ruzvay village,
Darvaz district, GBAO
Telephone: +992 (93) 819-2425


Parvina Begova

Parvina Begova from Madrasa village is a skillful artisan in the business of embroidering suzanis and pillow cases, but her main handicraft is suzani. Her products are specifically popular among the local residents at the wedding season.
Parvina says suzani embroidery techniques in this district are different from those used in other parts of the country, as brighter colors are used in Darvaz, but overall technology is the same.
The craftswoman purchases the materials for suzani embroidery in the local markets, but their quality is far from optimal.
“Look at the Iranian threads, says Parvina, – here they are of low quality and cause allergy”.
Parvina aspires to expand the range of products and improve their quality, eventually starting to export them outside of Tajikistan.

Madrasa village,
Darvaz district, GBAO


Marifat Negmatova

Embroidered suzani, tagsari (traditional embroidered pillow cases), purses, dresses, toupees – all of these are made by an artisan from Darvaz district, Marifat Negmatova. All these beautiful things are very popular in her district, particularly among young brides. The goods are also shipped to Khorog.
Marifat is the founder of a public organization supporting craftswomen and providing work and revenue to them. Thanks to her, many women have got regular jobs and have been contributing to the development of handicrafts.
Our heroine has been an artisan for many years, and currently she has 35 young apprentices – organization members helping her. However, she wants to expand her studio and allocate a separate production room for embroidering suzanis. Selling the finished products in the domestic market and export them outside Tajikistan has been her long-time dream.
When producing her goods, the artisan uses gulduzi, zaminaduzi, puhtaduzi techniques. The goods are made from old threads, remaining from the 1980ies. Marifat complains it is not easy to find high quality materials for embroidery today.
“Embroidering suzanis is a demanding work that requires a lot of time and a lot of hands”, says Marifat.

4 S. Nosirov St.,
Darvaz district, GBAO
Telephone: +992 (3552) 2-1429, +992 (93) 516-1070


Shahri Murodova

Every woman’s nature includes a love for beautiful things. That is why the artisans’ hands produce real works of art, in which women have imprinted their vision of the surrounding world. Shahri Murodova continues her family’s tradition by sewing suzanis and making bags. She learned this in 1990 from her mother, and now she is passing the skill to her daughter. Mostly they produce suzanis.
The production of suzanis uses gulduzi technique. The craftswoman can differentiate the techniques used in her district from the ones originating from other parts of Tajikistan. The ornaments in her products are different from other artisans.
Shahri has attended a number of fairs and exhibitions conducted within the country and abroad.
Shahri has plans to expand the line of her handicraft goods and improve their quality to meet the modern requirements.

Poul-2 area,
Darvaz district, GBAO
Telephone: +992 (93) 408-6781


Savzpari Zieeva

In the remote village of Shirg, Darvaz district, lives a young craftswoman Savzpari Zieeva. As a girl, she learned the embroidery skills from her mother. To support the family, the young woman makes not only suzanis, but also dresses, which are very successful in the local market. Savzpari invests her soul, time and all her skills into every product she makes. She has a long-time dream of her handmade goods becoming famous far outside the country.
High quality product requires high quality materials. The craftswoman travels to Kurgantube, Kulyab and Dushanbe to purchase the raw materials. The best threads, in her opinion, can be bought in Kulyab, where high quality silkworms are grown.
When working on her suzanis, Savzpari uses such embroidery techniques as zaminaduzi and gulduzi, which are highly valued in various parts of Tajikistan.
Savzpari is a skilled artisan, capable of producing products of rare beauty.

Shirg village,
Darvaz district, GBAO
Telephone: +992 (93) 410-2716