Uzbek Suzanne - Art of Emroidery

At the end of the 19th century the art of embroidery was wide spread in Uzbekistan. Almost every woman knew how to embroider. As a part of a dowry embroidered articles were made for weddings and decorated the room of the just-married. Uzbek embroidery is different by purpose and is divided into embroidery on small household objects, and embroidery on clothes. But the leading kind of embroidery is undoubtedly Suzanne. Suzanne is a wall decorative embroidered piece of cloth. The biggest Suzannes are 2-3 metres long and up to 2 meters wide.

Suzanne is embroidered in an original way of filling the most of the area by patterns leaving little of the background. Large Suzannes are made up of fragments separately embroidered before. The patterns of embroidery were made by artists who put them with a sharpened straw cal led "kalam". The artists knew a lot of different ornaments, varied them to create new combinations, chose colours. Uzbek Suzanne may be told about as the national art form having its own style developed during centuries. Uzbek embroideries mainly depict the vegetable kingdom: luxuriant gardens and flower-beds. While familiarizing with Uzbek Suzannes it is impossible to find two pieces to be the same in spite of the similar patterns and colours. The variety of ornaments and their combinations is what the art of Suzanne is based on.

Today embroidery is being continued to develop both in handmade and industrial forms.