Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Suzani Fabrics Revitalizing Traditions

Suzani is a time-honored embroidered fabric produced in certain central Asian countries like Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan. The origin of this name is Persian and it carries a significant cultural importance in Central Asian countries.
The base of suzani fabric is usually cotton although silk base is used too sometimes. The embroidery is done with silk or cotton thread and diverse forms of stitches are used to carve patterns. The patterns include traditional sun, moon disks, flowers, leaves, fruits and birds. These patterns are hand stitched on different panels and in the end these panels are stitched together to form a single piece.

Decorate your home with handmade suzani fabrics
This traditional fabric is particularly famous in the west due to its diverse colors, intricate patterns and handmade delicacy. In the beginning these artifacts were presented as souvenirs by tourists, but with the increase in their demand suzani fabrics became a popular item for importing. These fabrics are used for home decoration as drapes, window treatments, table covers, cushion covers and bed sheets.

Suzani - A fashion statement
The cliché 'old is gold' is timeless in fashion industry, probably that is the reason why Uzbek suzani fabrics are always in demand. Due to their versatile colors, they make for an amazing accessory item that can go with dress of almost every color and style. Suzani scarves and stalls are especially admired and can be adorned with tops or dresses plus they are easily available at reasonable prices.

In addition to that, patches of this fabric are used on clothes and shoes to portray a trendy look with a cultural blend. The advent of technology has made it easier for the fashion enthusiasts to acquire this piece of art easily through the internet, but needless to mention that an original handmade piece of fabric is expensive than the one made by the help of a machine.

An antique heirloom
Every piece of handmade suzani fabric differs from the other; this is the reason why it has taken the form of an antique. Suzani becomes more valuable as it grows old and usually it is handed down to someone within the family rather than selling, this makes this piece of art difficult to acquire and more valuable. As happens with other forms of art, it is often replicated; hence making it difficult for antique collectors to distinguish between the real ones and the fake ones.

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