Contemporary suzani textiles
One of a kind Suzani Embroideries:
These contemporary suzani textiles are hand embroidered by women using silk yarns on a hand woven cotton, or sometimes silk, ground fabric. The designs are ones traditionally used in the 18th and 19th centuries in the Silk Road cities and towns of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. The silk used for the embroidery of these pieces is colored with natural dyes, which are derived from both plant and insect sources.
The hand woven ground fabric with a silk warp and cotton weft is called Adras, while the silk warp and silk weft fabric is termed Atlas. The silk warp cotton/weft mix gives the ground fabric a “hand” or touch that is superior to that of a simple cotton fabric. At the same time, the silk in that mix adds a subtle visual richness to the surface.
Hand weaving makes for slight variations in the surface of the fabric. Some threads are thicker or thinner, and where they cross may at first glance appear as an irregularity. However, it is these slight variations that give a hand woven object interest to the human eye. Instead of the cold regularity of a machine made fabric, you have the appealing variations of an object made by hand.
We now live in a society of mass production, where the importance of beautiful textiles in our environment has been minimized. These textiles from Uzbekistan open a window to an appreciation of fabrics in our environment that is now largely missing in our daily lives.
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