Chimeldik Dowry Cover Suzani

This suzani from Andijan features semi-abstract floral patterns in peach, light blue and yellow embroidered, on a brown base. It is approximately 50-60 years old. Intended primarily as a wall decoration, it is fitted with five loops of thread to hang it. Its medium size, however, also lends itself to covering a small table or armchair. Composed of two vertical panels stitched together, the suzani's most prominent feature is perhaps the very evident mismatch of the two halves, suggesting that it was embroidered by two women working independently. The differences in their interpretation of the intended design, and in the shades of colour they used, lends the suzani that whimsical imperfection that is so characteristic of this textile art.

A suzani from Andijan, which lies in the southeastern part of the Fergana Valley, Uzbekistan, can be distinguished by the special lightness of the pattern, which is freely placed against the background. The stitch used in medium-sized Andijan suzanis is called “rundjo” – a local word for chain stitch.

Suzanis (from suzan, the Persian word for “needle”) are embroidered dowry textiles made in Central Asia. These quilts—usually embroidered with silk on a cotton base—were used to decorate the home, and to cover beds, tables and chests. According to custom, a suzani was started when a girl was born, in preparation for her wedding. Favourite motifs include the tree of life, the pomegranate (a symbol of abundance and fertility), floral patterns with tulips and carnations, and evil eye amulets.

Country of Origin: Uzbekistan

Size: 4'10'' x 3'6''

Age: circa 1950-1960

Product Code: A62-013

Price: Rs16,000

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