Plain weave: cotton; embroidery: silk
Average: 216.5 x 188.6 cm (85 1/4 x 74 1/4 in.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Wade 1916.1311
Known as suzani, embroideries with elaborate floral decoration from Central Asia were a significant part of a bride’s dowry and were ceremoniously displayed on special occasions. Women embroidered suzani, mothers passing their skills on to their daughters. Floral and foliate motifs generally dominate, emboldened with several shades of red and multiple borders, perhaps conveying cosmological, medicinal, or fertility associations. However, few display a more bountiful blossoming garden than seen here. Flora radiates from the central fanlike bouquet, a design echoed in the corners of the field and in the wide border, characteristic of work from Bukhara, Uzbekistan. Patterns were drawn on several loosely joined cotton cloths and then embroidered in chain stitch.
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