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


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