Suzani

 

Suzani

Suzani

Nowadays a whole variety of traditional crafts is experiencing a period of real Renaissance. People are tired of those miracles which our machines are able to do, and all of us start to remember that only handmade things can be truly unique.

One of the most impressive samples of tajik national handicrafts is Suzani. Among the rich variety of tajik handmade souvenirs this kind of art occupies a very special place.

This marvelous craft got its name from the Persian word ” سوزن – Suzan”, which means “needle”.

What is a Suzani?

 Tajik traditional Suzani is a decorative handmade panel, embroidered on a fabric with cotton or silk threads. In old times, a beautiful Suzani was a virtually mandatory wedding gift.

Traditional ornaments decorating the Suzani, are so complex and diverse that can be embroidered only manually. So today, like many centuries ago, Tajik craftswomen create their works of art using ancient technology. Each decorative pattern used in Suzani is unique and in the mean time, it is subject to a strict traditional canons.

Suzani styles are so distinctive that an expert can immediately say where the embroidered panel was made: in Samarkand, Bukhara, Khujand, Shahrisabz, Ura-Tyube, Istaravshan, Nurata, Pskent or Tashkent.

How to use the Suzani in everyday life?

Most often in everyday life Suzani performs the same functions as a luxurious wall carpet. But its tender softness allows you to use it as a tablecloth, bedspread or even a refined curtain.

Despite a pronounced Oriental style, Suzani easily and naturally fits into any modern interior, bringing to it exotic and mysterious notes.

Today the interest in this form of folk handcrafted embroidery is experiencing a true renaissance, and needlewomen, knowing this ancient craft, get a lot of orders. Interior designers are increasingly using this kind of folk art for the decoration of apartments, restaurants and cafes in the Oriental style.

Numerous tourists visiting Tajikistan, seek to buy Suzani, because it is simply impossible to pass by such masterpiece. Exquisite embroidery brings to the home not only its beauty but also wishes of good luck and prosperity.

Other handicraft souvenirs hand made by skilled Tajik Artisans are also very popular.

Our website presents a unique collection of works of folk art, as well as contact information of the Artisans.

All these pieces of art can become a wonderful gift for you, your family, your friends and your colleagues!