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Vintage Embroidered Textile, Uzbek Suzani Silk Wedding Saddle Cover

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Silk embroidery on black cotton fabric. The embroidery is rather unusual in this piece and though we are guessing that it is Uzbek, we're not sure. Tightly stitched in silk, the piece resembles others in the region that are used as saddle covers for a bride as she rides a horse on her wedding day. No signs of machine sewing are visible and the background fabric is either Chinese or Russian floral fabric that has almost faded completely, so this is an old piece. The dyes are probably synthetic that were not stable and have run throughout the embroidery, creating a nice, soft pink overcast.

Dimensions:
24" x 19.5" (61 x 50 cm)

Estimated age: 1930's

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Suzani textiles go all out for impact in color, size and their recognizable floral flair. Appropriately, the word suzani means needle, but is used to refer to the larger tapestries.

Throughout history, nomadic women and girls of Uzbekistan embroidered these large tapestries to adorn their yurts and tents. They were dowry pieces as well as a way of adding a personal stamp to ones living space. Large pieces were often worked on by several people at once, each on a strip that would later be joined together. Sometimes the strips wouldn't match up or someone would go nuts on their own colors of choice. I remember when I first saw these textiles over 20 years ago- I fell in love with the organic fluidity of the motifs, the imperfections, and the wild color choices. It was my introduction to the silk road and I have been hooked since.

Suzanis have always been a source of good income for women, too. Village women wanted them for their homes and to this day, embroidery continues to be a vital source of income for Uzbeki women. Older suzanis are highly collectible. They often use silk threads with tight embroidery, but are becoming harder and harder to find.

Visit Rayela's Fiber Focus for more articles on suzanis: fiberfocus.blogspot.com/search/label/Suzani


Afghanistan has been at the heart of the crossroads for the Silk Road for centuries. Nomads and generations of ethnic groups have thrived on trade and beautiful handicraft skills. Textiles, embroidery and carpet weaving continue to represent a plethora of skills that extend on into metal work, wood work, and ceramics. Designs reflect both the beauty of nature and life of spirit in choice of colors and fluidity of the design.

Afghan Tribal Arts has been working with Afghan artists for more than 20 years. Handcarved semi-precious beads are the core focus of the business, but we also have a huge inventory of old and new textiles, carvings and metal work. Visit our shop here on Etsy to see our beautiful treasures!
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Follow Afghan Tribal Arts on Facebook!

Read about Afghan Tribal Arts:

www.afghantribalarts.com
http://stureetribalvillage.blogspot.com/
http://fiberfocus.blogspot.com/search/label/Afghan%20Tribal%20Arts

Shipping is free in the United States on purchases over $100.
Silk embroidery on black cotton fabric. The embroidery is rather unusual in this piece and though we are guessing that it is Uzbek, we're not sure. Tightly stitched in silk, the piece resembles others in the region that are used as saddle covers for a bride as she rides a horse on her wedding day. No signs of machine sewing are visible and the background fabric is either Chinese or Russian floral fabric that has almost faded completely, so this is an old piece. The dyes are probably synthetic that were not stable and have run throughout the embroidery, creating a nice, soft pink overcast.

Dimensions:
24" x 19.5" (61 x 50 cm)

Estimated age: 1930's

Free shipping worldwide.

Suzani textiles go all out for impact in color, size and their recognizable floral flair. Appropriately, the word suzani means needle, but is used to refer to the larger tapestries.

Throughout history, nomadic women and girls of Uzbekistan embroidered these large tapestries to adorn their yurts and tents. They were dowry pieces as well as a way of adding a personal stamp to ones living space. Large pieces were often worked on by several people at once, each on a strip that would later be joined together. Sometimes the strips wouldn't match up or someone would go nuts on their own colors of choice. I remember when I first saw these textiles over 20 years ago- I fell in love with the organic fluidity of the motifs, the imperfections, and the wild color choices. It was my introduction to the silk road and I have been hooked since.

Suzanis have always been a source of good income for women, too. Village women wanted them for their homes and to this day, embroidery continues to be a vital source of income for Uzbeki women. Older suzanis are highly collectible. They often use silk threads with tight embroidery, but are becoming harder and harder to find.

Visit Rayela's Fiber Focus for more articles on suzanis: fiberfocus.blogspot.com/search/label/Suzani


Afghanistan has been at the heart of the crossroads for the Silk Road for centuries. Nomads and generations of ethnic groups have thrived on trade and beautiful handicraft skills. Textiles, embroidery and carpet weaving continue to represent a plethora of skills that extend on into metal work, wood work, and ceramics. Designs reflect both the beauty of nature and life of spirit in choice of colors and fluidity of the design.

Afghan Tribal Arts has been working with Afghan artists for more than 20 years. Handcarved semi-precious beads are the core focus of the business, but we also have a huge inventory of old and new textiles, carvings and metal work. Visit our shop here on Etsy to see our beautiful treasures!
_____________

Follow Afghan Tribal Arts on Facebook!

Read about Afghan Tribal Arts:

www.afghantribalarts.com
http://stureetribalvillage.blogspot.com/
http://fiberfocus.blogspot.com/search/label/Afghan%20Tribal%20Arts

Shipping is free in the United States on purchases over $100.

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I accept returns on any purchase for any reason. I believe not seeing the item right in front of you is the downside of buying/selling online, so I am happy to take things back that do not fulfill your expectations. I have had very few returns over the years and I work hard on photos and descriptions in order to describe the item as best as possible.

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Etsy has a system during the listing process where we have to estimate how much an item will cost in shipping if purchased with another item. This can be difficult given that I have a range of sizes and weights that could end up in a mix very different from the amount quoted. I refund the difference if it is over $.50 and often cover the expense if it's more than what was estimated, but every now and then, it might be too big of a difference. I can fit lots of the smaller items into a flat rate envelope, but on larger pieces, it would be best to ask about shipping if the total will be under $100.

International customers- I've had to revise this free shipping offer on heavier items- but I'll cover at least $20 on shipping.

Prices are quoted for USPS flat rate envelopes or priority mail, but I can ship snail mail if preferred. I use simple packaging, recycling when possible. I use Pay Pal's shipping services which provides a bar code and excellent tracking services, so I normally do not recommend insurance and confirmation, but can include it if requested. Customer pays for the extras.

International customers, we are not allowed to describe our packages as "gifts". I know it decreases your customs fees, but other sellers have gotten into trouble for that, so it's really not a good idea.
I ship world wide and offer free shipping on purchases over $100. Multiple purchases are combined into one shipment.

Etsy has a system during the listing process where we have to estimate how much an item will cost in shipping if purchased with another item. This can be difficult given that I have a range of sizes and weights that could end up in a mix very different from the amount quoted. I refund the difference if it is over $.50 and often cover the expense if it's more than what was estimated, but every now and then, it might be too big of a difference. I can fit lots of the smaller items into a flat rate envelope, but on larger pieces, it would be best to ask about shipping if the total will be under $100.

International customers- I've had to revise this free shipping offer on heavier items- but I'll cover at least $20 on shipping.

Prices are quoted for USPS flat rate envelopes or priority mail, but I can ship snail mail if preferred. I use simple packaging, recycling when possible. I use Pay Pal's shipping services which provides a bar code and excellent tracking services, so I normally do not recommend insurance and confirmation, but can include it if requested. Customer pays for the extras.

International customers, we are not allowed to describe our packages as "gifts". I know it decreases your customs fees, but other sellers have gotten into trouble for that, so it's really not a good idea.

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Vintage Embroidered Textile, Uzbek Suzani Silk Wedding Saddle Cover

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  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Materials: cotton fabric, embroidery floss, silk
  • Feedback: 285 reviews
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