Najida Shamsuddinova

Najida Shamsuddinova is a talented craftswoman living in a village in Vanj district. She is an elderly, handicapped woman, living alone and producing suzanis and jihak (a narrow ribbon decorating the edges of male and female clothing). She learned embroidery from her mother in her young years, and has been working in this field ever since, as she likes this work and it brings her money.
“Unfortunately, I don’t have a family, sighs Najida. – My handicraft is my only work, which brings me a lot of good mood and some money to live on. My goods are highly valued by the buyers, and this makes me happy. It is a pleasure to see goods I embroidered bring joy to people”.
Najida uses zaminaduzi and gulduzi techniques in embroidering her products, while purchasing materials in the local market and using some that were left from her mother.

Chinehon village,
Vanj district, GBAO
Telephone: +992 (93) 567-4792


Nigina Khabibova

Nigina Khabibova is a young and talented artisan from Darvaz district, GBAO. She embroiders suzanis and tagsari. She learned the handicraft at a sewing factory, and now she teaches her daughter to work miracles. Nigina sells her products in Darvaz district. The main buyers are guests from Dushanbe and guests from other countries visiting Tajikistan.
“There is a high demand for my goods, says Nigina, – the buyers appreciate quality and beauty, that’s why the buy my products. I put my soul, my time and a lot of labor in every product”.
This experienced embroiderer can easily differentiate the suzani embroidery techniques used in her districts from those used in other parts of Tajikistan. She also uses a number of embroidery techniques in her work.
Speaking about similar products from neighboring districts, Nigina said: “In other districts, the flowers on the suzanis are smaller, while local ones are bigger. Also, we use only black, red and white fabric in the making of suzanis”.
As many other craftswomen in the embroidery business, Nigina complains about complete absence of high quality materials in the markets. So far, high quality threads and fabric from grandmothers’ reserves save the day – but these are the only source of high-quality threads and fabric. Nigina wants to improve her skills and preserve the cultural legacy of our people.

March 8th St.
Darvaz district, GBAO
Telephone: +992 (93) 549-3599


Saodat Muhabbatova

Saodat Muhabbatova lives in Kalai Khum village of Darvaz district. For many years, she has been producing skillfully embroidered suzanis, tagsari and ruijo (bed spreads). Women in the Mukhabbatovs’ family traditionally go into handicrafts and help support the family. The goods skillfully decorated by Saodat are eagerly bought by customers in the local market. In the process of embroidering, Saodat uses traditional embroidery techniques widely used in the Pamirs. Saodat tries to keep pace with the times and spends a lot of time on improving the quality of the products and improving the ornament in line with the modern requirements. She believes a Tajik woman must be good at handicraft and must be able to build her business so as to maximize the profits.

S. Nosirov St., Kalai Khum village,
Darvaz district, GBAO
Telephone: +992 (93) 410-2711


Zikabibi Olimova

Zikabibi Olimova, together with her family, has been decorating suzani, toupees and “kalamzani” (embroidery of fabric before suzani making). Through this craft, she supports her family.
“I like needle-work, says Zikabibi, – it’s been my love since childhood; I am grateful to my mom for teaching me embroidery”.
To Zikabibi, suzani embroidery and decorating fabric have become an important part of her life. Her works are admired by the locals, visitors and tourists.
Zikabibi’s works have been demonstrated at various exhibitions and fairs in Dushanbe and Khorog.
Our hero uses gulduzi (flower weaving) technology in her work, using the threads saved from the 1980ies. The artisan says they are much better quality than modern raw materials being sold in the markets today.
Zikabibi dreams of further improving her skills, extending her studio and allocating a separate room for suzani embroidering.

4 S. Nosirov St.,
Darvaz district, GBAO
Telephone: +992 (3552) 2-1344


Savronbi Khasanova

Fifty-year-old Savronbi Khasanova has been embroidering suzanis, toupees, chakans (traditional dresses for Southern Tajikistan decorated with various ornaments and embroidery), gulbast and chodars. She is known throughout the area as a talented craftswoman.
“I work for myself and for selling the products, so I can make a decent living without having to rely on my pension, says Savronbi. – My products are mostly purchased by local girls who are getting married. Where else can they find such beautiful garments? That is why they come to me. My products are also demonstrated at national crafts exhibitions and fairs. People like my suzanis. They have a lot of black and white colors – these protect people from evil eye. Each ornament on the suzani characterizes the person’s inner world”.
Savronbi purchases the materials for her products in the local market, but in most cases it is of Iranian origin.
Savronbi wants her craft to bring joy and good mood to the people.

85 M. Khakimov St., Kulyab,
Khatlon Region
Telephone: +992 (91) 918-6003


Zebo Kholova

Zebo Kholova from Farhor district, Khatlon Region, has been embroidering suzanis since young age. In addition to suzanis, she also embroiders chodar and tagsari. She learned this from her mother, who told her that every woman must learn handicraft and help men support the family. While in fifth grade at school, Zebo started embroidering independently and drawing various ornaments on the fabric. Today her products are highly popular among the local residents, particularly among brides.
The artisan wishes to teach everyone this beautiful craft, so that the ancient tradition of suzani embroidering would be improved and developed.
“At one time, I made a suzani for my own wedding. All girls then were capable of embroidering a suzani; nowadays, it is not popular anymore, and young women are not interested in the handicraft, says Zebo. – I want people to admire and enjoy my work, and I do everything I can for that”.

S.Safarov kolkhoz, Mehnatabad,
Farhor district, Khatlon Region
Telephone: +992 (95) 172-6549


Mayramgul Khaydarova

Mayramgul Khaydarova lives and creates beautiful and skillfully embroidered suzanis, jodar and ruijo in Vose district of Khatlon Region. She has been making these products since childhood, after she learned this skill from her mother. Mayramgul sells her products in the local market, getting good revenue from sales. Her primary customers are young women getting married.
The artisan dreams of improving her suzani embroidering skills and selling her products outside Tajikistan.
“This craft has become my favorite pastime, says Mayramgul. – I try to invest all my skills and efforts into making beautiful things. I am happy when my customers are happy with my products”.
She believes her suzanis and ruijo embroidered with a lot of tenderness, kindness and love will bring happiness to the house of anyone who purchases them.

Gelod village
Vose district, Khatlon Region
Telephone: +992 (90) 781-8201


Munira Ubaydelloeva

Not every woman can become a skilled artisan. This requires talent, just like any other business.
Munira Ubaydelloeva from Vose district of Khatlon Region can already be called a skillful artisan, despite her young age, for the beautiful and brilliantly decorated handmade suzanis, chakan and tagsari she produces. She has a big family – a husband and three children.
Munira admits that embroidery is her favorite job. Like many other craftswomen, she learned embroidery from her mother and she enjoys doing this. Her products are highly demanded in the local market; she also makes products to order.
Munira wishes to improve her sewing skills and expand the range of her products.

Pakhtakor village
Vose district, Khatlon Region


Savzagul Khakimova

Savzagul Khakimova, a talented 50-year-old craftswoman, lives in Vose district of Khatlon Region. She makes suzanis, toupees and tagsari. Savzagul lives with her husband and children. She learned the suzani embroidery craft from her mother, and now she makes a living off this craft.
Savzagul uses ancient colorful drawings and ornaments in her products, and she always tries to make goods that look attractive and have high quality, matching the tastes and requirements of the customers.
Savzagul wants to teach all her six daughters and daughter-in-law this beautiful and ancient art. She is assured that her suzanis, like all art forms, have a special power. They protect against evil eye, bring happiness and joy to the house.

Jamoat Pakhtakor
Vose district, Khatlon Region


Laylo Kamalova

Laylo Kamalova is a resident of Farhor district, Khatlon Region. She is a talented artisan known throughout the area. Laylo is skilled at making tagsari, toupees and chodars, men’s shirts, yakkabands (cradle accessories), a skill she picked from her mother and at labor lessons in school. “Thanks to everyone who taught me to sew, says Laylo. – Now I can create beautiful things for myself and for everyone who wants to by my products. Customers come from Dushanbe and Kulyab. This means my work is appreciated, and that makes me happy. Before I thought embroidery work requires a lot of efforts, more than I could handle. But a person can learn anything and achieve anything if they try hard enough”.
Today Laylo’s craft yields a good revenue for her. However, this is not a stable source of money, and Laylo wants to find a regular sales channel. With the money earned from selling her products, Laylo buys raw materials for her future work, supports her family, and recently she also equipped a mini-facility in a special room where she and several her apprentices make beautiful goods decorated with national embroidery.

S.Safarov kolkhoz, Mehnatabad
Farhor district, Khatlon Region
Telephone: +992 (93) 505-8568