Here’s another example of a Tajikistan suzani from Dr. Shirazi’s collection. You can see similarities in some of the motifs from suzani to suzani, but they vary quite a bit in materials and colors.
Unlike the other examples, the back of this one shows very little stitching:
Here are some close up photos so you can compare with the others:
This is one of a special series of posts based on the embroidery collection of Dr. Faegheh Shirazi, from The University of Texas at Austin. Her research is on “textiles, dress, gender identity discourse, and material culture in the Middle East; the meanings of veiling; rituals and rites of passage as they relate to material culture.” Over the years she has collected a number of examples of embroidery from around the world, and has very kindly allowed me to photograph them for my blog.