In its most general sense, the Uzbek word "suzani" means needlework. However, most suzani lovers associate the word with the intricate, beautiful, and colorful embroidery work made by women in the Central Asian country of Uzbekistan.
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In the 19th century, Uzbek women made prayer mats, embroidered hangings, bed covers, and other household textiles for their homes and for dowries. Women continued to embroider these beautiful patterns during the Soviet era, and after Westerners became familiar with the beautiful textiles, the price went up dramatically. You can now find suzanis all over the Eastern and Western world, and even at stores as mainstream as Garnet Hill and Anthropologie.