A suzani is a large, (hand) embroidered textile panel. The word comes from the Persian word suzan, which means needle. Suzanis are originating from nomadic tribes in Central Asian countries and have become highly collectable and valued for their beautiful decoration and fine craftsmanship.

Suzanis are often made from cotton or sometimes silk. The patterns are first drawn onto the cloth, before being embroidered on narrow portable looms. They are usually produced in two or more pieces, meaning that they can be worked on by multiple persons, before being stitched together.

There are just a couple of stitches used to realise a large variety of patterns. The Indian version of the Suzani embroidery is mostly made by chain stitching, done with an instrument called a tambour, which is a hooked needle.

The patterns on the suzani traditionally include icons like the sun and moon, flowers, animals and fruits. These motifs were believed to imbue the suzanis with spiritual powers, offering protection and strength to their owners. From pomegranates that symbolize fertility, to peppers that protect against the evil eye.

”The embroidered motifs on the suzani were believed to imbue the suzanis with spiritual powers, offering protection and strength to their owners.” 

A suzani was primary used within the yurt (a Central Asian nomadic tent) as a protective panel. They were used as prayer mats, bed sheets and for seating.

Suzanis had a symbolic significance, too. They were traditionally made by brides and their mothers as part of a dowry, and presented to the groom on his wedding day. They represented the binding together of two families, and were adorned with symbols of luck, health, long life and fertility.

The story of each of these suzanis is as rich as their colors and as intricate as the designs that cover their surfaces.

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Suzani jacket

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