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A Well-Wishing Craft

Written by Imogen Peacock - 16th January 2024

The beauty of Suzani lies in its heritage. A unique craft suppressed by the Soviet rule has breathed new life in recent decades, honoring the age old secrets that were silenced for so long.

Suzani is mostly a story of family and women, where a nurturing motherly love was translated through the art of embroidery and endured the ages. With roots of Suzani creations spread across Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, each little girl in each village would be taught by the women in her family, how to embroider and handcraft dowry pieces that would eventually be presented to her groom-to-be on their wedding day.

In fact each genuine Suzani possesses a small, intentional flaw to serve as a reminder that 'we are not without mistakes' and to represent the mother's hope that her daughter will be encouraged to 'finish' adapting the Suzani and carry on the family's Suzani tradition.

Carefully designed and thoughtfully created, these Suzani’s represented so much more than the beauty of its textile outcome; a symbol of devotion, protection, wellbeing and happiness for a future life in harmony with each other.

Every Suzani artwork comes to symbolise the idea of an ideal universe, where balance and harmony meet in the form of the everlasting beauty of nature. The intricate floral patterns, prevalent in so many Persian silk carpets, are motifs and symbols derived from the traditional Persian image of the Garden of Eden, along with the Tree of Life representation of a walled garden. Inherently, Suzani's incorporate ancient stories of wisdom and interweave lessons to continue learning from as we grow older.

Prosperity and fruitfulness are arguably the most important connections made throughout Suzani embroidery and are savoured and kept sacred in today’s practice of this ancient well-wishing craft.

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