Silk Kaitag hand dyed and embroidered panel

SKU: KAIT-23-01
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Silk Kaitag hand dyed and embroidered panel.

This technique of weaving from the Caucasus are an under-recognized and extremely rare art form. They were made primarily by women during the 1600’s and 1700’s. The technique was not encouraged during the Soviet era and Kaitags are traditionally made with silk floss that is stitched and couched to a plain cotton backing. Colours featured in these elegant embroideries include sophisticated earth tones, vibrant primary colours and  hues that have prompted comparisons with abstract works of art of by 20th century artists.

Dimensions: 51.5cms x 133cms.

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Uzbek Suzani (Persian: ‘needle’) is a traditional Central Asian embroidered tapestry made on silk, velvet or cotton cloth. Since ancient times suzanis have been integral parts of the common home interior decoration in the region. They also served as talismans. The largest ones - 2-3 meters in length and about 2 meters in width - were usually hung in homes to mark family festive occasions. Suzanis were always made by women, including brides whose needlework was the most colorful, as a rule. A suzani design signifies a happy marriage and so is very important. An ordinary Central Asian girl started embroidering her suzani at the age of 10-12 and had to finish it by her wedding day, leaving one of the designs of it incomplete - a sign that she wanted to have a daughter who would go on making suzanis in the future. Embroidery skills were highly valued in Central Asia in the past.

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