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Suzani (large embroidered hanging or cover)

A work made of cotton, plain weave; embroidered with silk.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of cotton, plain weave; embroidered with silk.


19th century


Uzbekistan, possibly Shakhrisabz or Shafirkhan

About this artwork

The term suzani comes from the Persian word for needle, but in Central Asia it specifically refers to large, spectacularly colorful textiles embroidered in silk. Suzanis were tradi­tionally used as wall hangings or as covers to wrap bedding and clothing. Produced by women, they were an essential part of a wedding dowry. Because of their size, suzanis consist of several widths of narrower cloth. These ground (or base) fabrics were first laid out and the design drawn upon them. Each width of cloth was then embroidered separately, perhaps by several artists working together, before being assembled.


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Suzani (large embroidered hanging or cover)


Uzbekistan (Object made in)

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Made 1801–1900


Cotton, plain weave; embroidered with silk


231.4 × 150.2 cm (91 1/8 × 59 1/8 in.)

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Gift of Robert Allerton

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