Suzani is a common term for embroidered textiles that originated hundreds of years ago as dowry pieces by the women of Central Asia. According to local custom, a suzani was started every time a girl was born. Each female family member embroidered a different panel of cloth with hand-spun silk. When a girl was of marrying age, she would take up the work as well, and all panels would be sewn together and handed over at marriage.
With so many women participating in its creation, the suzani became a form of artistic expression, and a way for women to communicate with the outside world. The legacy of the suzani has endured, yet evolved with time. While not used as dowry pieces anymore, suzanis are crafted as exquisite works of art. Each suzani available at Larkin Lane Designs is a hand-embroidered, one of a kind piece to be treasured.