Suzani Embroidery of Central Asia

Suzani embroidery is a traditional tribal Central Asian craft that has found its way into modern households. The embroidery is vivacious, bright and eye catching. The history of Suzanis’ dates back to the 18th century and the early 19th century. This style of embroidery originated from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Persia.

suzani500x452It is women in these countries who are masters of the Suzani embroidery. Suzani means ‘needle’ in Persian, and the embroidery is usually done on a cotton fabric base. The fabric is covered entirely in raised stitches with colorful silk embroidery threads. This gives a three dimensional effect and a sheen to the embroidered area.

The embroidery motifs prominently featured on the fabric are flowers, blossoms, vines and birds. The embroidery in some cases may take months to complete. With the advent of social media and internet there is an increased interest in these traditional forms of art and craft from the western world. Designers are using Suzani embroidery techniques on cushions, wall art, bed covers and even on upholstery. This has helped in providing economic independence to the women who practice this art. The mix of traditional and contemporary art has been appreciated well received.

Since these are handmade, the Suzani embroidered products can be very expensive, but money is extremely important for the livelihood of the women who create these beautiful pieces of art.  Many retailers have found cheaper alternatives by selling machine embroidered or printed replicas at one-third the price. As connoisseurs of traditional Art and Craft it is important that we do not indulge in purchasing replicas. If you are waiting to buy a piece because you don’t have the money and love gambling, checking out the four tips to win big at the slots might help you out.

How can you contribute to Art and Craft?

We were not born equal, intellectually or creatively – which means that we are different in ways we perceive and differentiate between water, oil and acrylic colours. For an artist, these are different mediums to express his emotions, just like for a gambler online casinos; for a banker, these are just paints! I have come across people who would like to stimulate the right side of the brain that has been associated with the realm of creativity but don’t know how to.

So if you are one of the ‘not so arty but willing to learn’ types, I have put together four ways you can help appreciate and support craft and boost your karma meter:

1.  My first suggestion is to buy locally. Ask around your neighbourhood, friends, and colleagues for crafters they might know who create interesting products. Crafters usually rely on word of mouth marketing and your effort in finding out about them will be appreciated in the local community. Instead of running to the mall for a new muffler, ask if someone knits around your area.

2.  Use your free time to read crafting and DIY blogs, visit websites like Etsy and Novica. If you are a Facebook addict, visit small business pages on Facebook and ‘like’ them. These creative channels are bound to keep you busy and entertained for hours. You will be amazed at the creativity that the Social media revolution has been able to unearth.

3. Crafters work with a lot of dedication and passion on their piece of art. Leave interesting and enthusiastic comments on crafting blogs that you read and business pages that you visit. There is nothing like a ‘pat on the back’ even if you don’t end up buying.

4. Finally, start a blog of your own, or easier, a Pinterest page to save interesting work that you see on the internet. It will serve as a diary for novel ideas and links to beautiful wares. It will prove handy when you are ready to update your curtains or buy Christmas decorations.