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Suzani hanging
2320 III
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The suzani excels in refined colors and exquisite floral ornaments in the best traditions of oriental patterns.

History of the Object
Large embroidered wall hangings designated for a bride’s dowry were called "suzani" (from the Persian suzan, "a needlework"). They played a special role in marriage rites, for they were used to cover the bride while leading her to the groom’s house. It took a long time to produce such a large needlework. As soon as the girl was born, her mother started to prepare the dowry, and later on the daughter joined her in this work. Suzani were manufactured according to traditional techniques: the strips of a hand-woven cotton cloth were tacked, then the embroiderer patterned it using a rough drawing, following the strips and did the embroidering. Finally, the cloth was sewn together again. Mirroring folk beliefs about paradise, the diversity of floral designs on suzani from Ura-Tyube makes it resemble a thriving garden.

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Type
Textile 
Materials
Cotton cloth, silk 
Measurements
Hand-embroidery 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Northern Tajikistan, Ura-Tyube 
Geography
Tajikistan 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century; Mid-19th century 
Function
Ceremonial garment 
Acquisition
From private collection of M.K. Rakhimov in 1936. 
Copyright
The State Museum of Oriental Art 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The State Museum of Oriental Art 
Museum
The State Museum of Oriental Art 
Credit line
The State Museum of Oriental Art 

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