Category Archives: Embroidery around the world

Chain stitched suzani

Y’all, here is a suzani from Tajikistan worked entirely in chain stitch. I believe they used a tambour hook, which I introduced yesterday through French and Indian embroidery. It’s a worldwide technique! Thanks again to Dr. Shirazi for so generously … Continue reading

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Embroidery of Kashmir II

As promised, here is the central motif on the embroidered shawl from Kashmir (first mentioned in the post Embroidery of Kashmir I). This is a woman’s shawl – you can tell the difference because men’s shawls have no central motif … Continue reading

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Chikankari of Uttar Pradesh

Chikan work, or chikankari, is an Indian form of shadow work. This example from Dr. Shirazi’s collection is worked in white thread on pale pink fabric. It’s incredibly detailed for such a large piece – it covers the table in … Continue reading

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Cypress tree in Iranian embroidery

This embroidery (from Dr. Shirazi’s collection) is Iranian. Note the vibrant colors. (Update: this is called “pateh” embroidery). I believe this depicts a cypress tree, which is a very important motif in Iranian culture. The word for cypress is “sarv” … Continue reading

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Another Tajikistan Suzani

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 … Continue reading

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Tajikistan Ornament

Look at this little tasseled ornament! It’s cross-stitch from Tajikistan, and is another example from Dr. Shirazi’s collection (see bottom of post for details on collection). I like the design – very bright and geometric. Finishing the edges with beaded … Continue reading

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embroidery in San Francisco

Y’all, I am dashing around San Francisco on vacation this weekend. It is great!!!! I wanted to mention that I found the most wonderful gallery with a truly, truly AMAZING series of embroideries. It’s the Asian Arts Center, open Monday … Continue reading

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Book Review: Turkish Embroidery

A while ago, I wrote a post about ISMEK, a craft and embroidery center in Istanbul, and its four gorgeous free Pattern Books, Pattern Book 1 Pattern Book 2 Pattern Book 3 Pattern Book 4. I finally, finally found a … Continue reading

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Suzani from Tajikistan I

This is a wall hanging from Tajikistan, purchased in Iran (ignore the innocent bystander caught in the photo). Tajikistan is next to China and Afghanistan. This suzani is also in Dr. Shirazi’s embroidery collection (many, many more left to go!).  … Continue reading

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Palestinian cross-stitch

This table runner (it’s too big to be a scarf!) is a traditional Palestinian cross-stitch design from Dr. Shirazi’s collection (see bottom of post for details on the collection). You can get an idea of the scale from my notebook … Continue reading

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