A beautiful antique Suzani embroidery fragment on silk, later framed sometime between 1900 to 1930. Written to the reverse of the frame is that the panel belonged to Lady Baker of The Firs, Gloucestershire, England. That the textile is "Bokhara embroidery (over 150 years old) a portion of the border of a bridal dress". From our limited research, Lady Baker would appear to have been an elderly lady living alone. We actually found an article from Saturday the 9th of April 1938 in her local newspaper whereby she was seeking a house keeper. The frame is complete with its original green Baker Bros, Stroud picture framer label that also dates from 1930. We are not too sure if Lady Baker's date of circa 1780 is accurate. 18th century Suzani are extremely rare, simply because their survival rate was limited due to extreme heat, dry humidity and being passed down through generations.

This gorgeous antique embroidered textile originated from the ancient region of Bokhara in Uzbekistan, Central Asia (later called Bukhara). Bokhara has existed for at least five thousand years, its position on the Silk route making it a centre not only for trade but also for culture and religion. Its rich history and diverse culture giving it the nickname of Noble Bukhara. The centre of the City now being a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Embroidery has played a huge part in the history of the region. The colorful Suzani embroideries produced throughout the region have been popular throughout the world. The decorative embroidery and expert craftsmanship making them highly coveted. The word Suzani comes from the Persian word Suzan, which means needle. Traditionally Suzanis decorated the Yurts of Nomadic tribes and also could have symbolic meaning. They were traditionally given to the groom on his wedding day as a good luck offering being made by his bride and her family as part of the wedding dowry. Perhaps relating more accurately to the information known in the 1930s by Lady Baker?

We date our example to the early/mid 19th century. Our example is very beautiful being a 6 x 20 inch wide strip, you see Suzanis were made in individual strips, then embroidered often by separate hands then finally sewn together when the embroidery was finished. Our example is worked in a simple palette of natural dyed silks in cream, dark green, yellow and dark brown/black upon this gorgeous maroon silk ground. The repeating leaf border designs and repeating rosette motifs surrounded by scrolling leaves give a sense of order and rhythm. The embroidery techniques include chain and open chain stitches.

Size: The thin stained 1930 frame 20 3/4 inch (53 cm) by 6 3/4 inch (17.5 cm). Behind glass, images taken in natural English daylight.

Condition: The frame has some minor surface wear as one would expect after 90 years. The Suzani under the glass is in good condition. It has been kept out of the light. Some dust is trapped under the glass. Not examined out of the frame.

Shipping: Too large for domestic post. This antique framed textile will ship FREE via Courier to UK only.

Green, Maroon, White, Yellow

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19th Century Wedding Suzani Panel, Bukhara, Bokhara, Provenance Lady Baker C 1850

£225 GBP
~ $276

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