What are Suzanis?

Suzanis are one of the most popular folk arts in Uzbekistan. Suzani not only means “needlework”, but also refers to the large panels covered with this decorative embroidery. These hand-embroidered vintage suzanis are infused with the character that only comes from everyday use. Perhaps created by a bride-to-be to show her devotion to her betrothed and then in lean times bartered away to a traveling Gypsy for money or household necessities pulled from the depths of his donkey cart.  The story of each of these suzanis is as rich as their colors, as intricate as the designs that cover their surfaces.While there is an interesting variety of vintage Uzbek suzanis on the market today, the supply will eventually be running out since the tradition of creating suzanis with hand embroidery is no longer practiced. However we are still fortunate that most suzanis are available at reasonable prices.