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”.


Marhabo Iskandarova

Penjikent is an ancient town in Northern Tajikistan, with a centuries-old history and culture. It is home to many talented artisans and craftswomen – suzani embroiderers. One of htem is *Marhabo Iskandarova, who makes suzanis, joinamoz (handmade embroidered prayer rugs), ruijo (bed spreads) and other national products.
“I learned this beautiful craft after I got married. My mother-in-law taught me. Now embroidering suzanis is my favorite work”.
During the holidays, Marhabo’s suzanis and handicraft products are demonstrated at numerous exhibitions and fairs.
She uses “dolduzi” and “basmaduzi” techniques.
In the future Marhabo wishes to pass her skills and talent to her daughters and daughters-in-law.

37 U.Zokoni St.,
Penjikent, Sughd Region
Telephone: +992 (3475) 5-4747; +992 (92) 796-9702


Khalima Gulomova

Khalima Gulomova is from Istaravshan, Northern Tajikistan. She embroiders suzani and ruijo (bed spreads) since young age “I learned this craft from my mother. Women in our mahalla are usually engaged in one handicraft or another. Now I am teaching my daughter the art of embroidery”, says Khalima. Khalima sells her products in the local market, also sewing to orders. When embroidering, she uses such techniques as “sidigarduzi” and “dastaduzi”.
According to Khalima, it is hard to find good quality materials these days. Another important problem faced by artisans making suzanis is that the demand for this product is dwindling. This is caused by the absence of established channels for selling suzanis, as well as the tradition to pass existing suzanis from one generation to another as a mandatory attribute, which traditional national celebrations cannot do without. So many people use suzanis remaining from their mothers and grandmothers. But despite these problems, this woman intends to continue her favorite business, which she enjoys as much as her customers do.

Kal’achai Kalon, Istaravshan
Telephone: +992 (92) 795-1303


Istoda Mahmadrizoeva

Istoda Mahmadrizoeva, a resident of Penjikent, is a talented embroiderer of suzanis, ruijo and bolinpush (pillow covers). Istoda has been embroidering since she was 7.
Now Istoda is doing her favorite handicraft with her daughters and daughters-in-law. She says: “I am glad that my products are popular in the market. This means that the art of suzane making, which has been passed from generation to generation, is still necessary and unique”.
Istoda is proud that her handmade goods have been demonstrated at fairs and exhibitions in Penjikent. Her products are quite original. She embroiders them using “dol” technique, which is quite different from embroidery techniques used in other parts of the country.
Istoda says that as long as her health permits her to do the job she likes most, she will teach her daughters and granddaughters this ancient and beautiful handicraft.

24 Jami St.,
Penjikent, Sughd Region
Telephone: +992 (3475) 5-5189; +992 (92) 767-5959


Soleha Sharipova

The Sharipovs, a family of artisans, live in a remote village of Istaravshan district. For the last thirty years the residents of this and many nearby villages have been enjoying bed spreads, pillows, suzanis and male kerchiefs skillfully embroidered by Soleha Sharipova.
Soleha learned the art of embroidery from her mother, Binorjon Khamdamova, and now she is passing the skills to her daughters and dauthers-in-law, who can rightfully be called outstanding artisans. Today all women in the Sharipovs’ family earn their daily bread by embroidery.
Soleha presented her handmade products at various fairs and exhibitions, such as “Chakomai Gesu” and other celebratory events during national holidays.
While embroidering, Soleha uses the “angushponakutti” technique.
Soleha dreams of passing on her embroidery skills to her daughters and daughters-in-law.

Kal’achai Kalon, Istaravshan
Telephone: +992 (918) 71-6438, +992 (92) 731-7202


Matluba Aminova

Matluba Aminova, a resident of Penjikent, has been embroidering suzanis, ruijo, bolinpush and other goods since she was a girl. She learned from her mother and believes she is happy, because she is doing a job she likes.
Matluba passes her knowledge and skills to her numerous apprentices. She sells her products in the local market, as well as presenting for various exhibitions and fairs organized on national holidays.
Speaking about the peculiarities of local embroidery, Matluba says: “In our region the suzani embroidering technique is different from other regions, as we embroider flower ornaments in big, merging circles. Each suzani has two large circles characterizing the Sun and the Moon”.
Matluba hopes that today’s youth will learn handicraft and preserve the cultural legacy of our people, as culture is what makes every nation proud.

4 Firdousi St., Apt.10
Penjikent, Sughd Region
Telephone: +992 (3475) 5-6535; +992 (92) 791-4747


Lola Sharopova

Lola Sharopova from Istaravshan was born to a family of talented suzani makers, whose products have been renowned throughout the area. She grew up among the artisans and had every prerequisite for continuing, preserving and improving this ancient handicraft.
Lola learned suzani embroidery from her mother, then continued with her mother-in-law.
Lola’s products are popular among the local residents and foreign tourists.
Lola has five daughters, whom she is also teaching the embroidery craft. In the future, Lola plans to improve her embroidery skills and pass the knowledge to her daughters.

Kal’achai Kalon, Istaravshan