Red Floral Pattern Suzani Bag
Traditional beauty and modern Bohemian function describe this Suzani bag by Uzbek designer Bibi Hanum. From the Persian word suzan, suzani, literally means ‘needle,’ alludes to the forms beautiful style of embroidery that dates back centuries. Artisans start with pieces of silk or cotton fabric and then embroider over with silk or cotton thread to embellish the textile with a variety of traditional designs, including floral patterns. Sometimes more than one suzani are embroidered together to make a larger pattern. The inside of the bag adds a little whimsy, while the bag has black leather piping and is adorned with a multi-color braided ikat silk arm strap that complements the reverse side. A silk Suzani amulet and tassle add a mystical touch as reminders of traditional Uzbek regalia, the past and Middle Eastern spirituality.
Incorporating a 37-step process, Ikat is the Uzbek tradition of tie-dye in which the warp of a weaving is tie-dyed to create the intricate pattern. Once the fabric, a blend of cotton and silk is woven, the women of Bibi Hanum sew them into beautiful garments that are all finished with care by hand, adding to their exceptional quality. It is very difficult for weavers to align the various layers, which results in a blurred effect in the traditional patterning.
*Note: Each of these textiles is a one-of-a-kind handmade piece of folk art, so there may be slight variations from the item pictured, such as handle color (light green, dark green or blue) or reverse side ikat fabric patterning and color.
Dimensions: Approximately 9” in diameter and 2” deep