Suzani Embroideries

Suzani (from Persian Suzan = needle) are embroidered blankets and wall hangings in Central Asia. They are part of the dowry of girls especially in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. They are either family heirlooms or are made by the young woman for her own wedding. Embroidery is done with silk or wool on cotton or silk fabrics. The colors and motifs, even the embroidery techniques, vary from region to region.

Sometimes several women work on large suzani. The individual pieces are sewn together at the end.

The motifs are rich in symbolism. Frequently occurring motifs are poppy blossoms, pomegranate and bird wings.