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Type: For Windows, Doors and Walls
Object Name: Hanging
Local Name: suzani
Place Made: Asia: Central Asia, Uzbekistan, Samarqand province
People: Uzbek
Period: Mid 20th century
Date: 1930 - 1950
Dimensions: L 160 cm x W 134 cm
Materials: Cotton; silk
Techniques: Plain woven; embroidered; printed
ID Number: T77.0118
Credit: Textile Museum of Canada purchase

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.