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Hanging

Type: For Windows, Doors and Walls
Object Name: Hanging
Local Name: suzani
Place Made: Asia: Central Asia, Uzbekistan, Nurata
People: Tajik
Period: Mid 19th century
Date: 1860s
Dimensions: L224 cm x W 152 cm
Materials: Cotton; silk
Techniques: Plain woven; embroidered; hand-sewn
ID Number: T88.0282
Credit: Gift of Fred Braida

In Uzbekistan, embroidered wall hangings were produced by settled populations in towns and villages of the region, and used as house and yard decorations during weddings and festivals. Suzanis were an important part of a woman’s dowry. Plain, hand-woven off-white cotton was used as a ground material, while embroidered patterns were stitched using multicoloured silks. The majority of Uzbek suzanis are composed of astral symbols and floral designs with scrolling vines, leafy branches and blooming flowers. Embroidered clusters of tulips, carnations, lilies and other flowers are inspired by the flowerbeds and blooming pomegranate trees grown in courtyards where families rested during the daytime heat.