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We are creating Gongbags from Suzani Textiles and this we call Soulfullbags(tm), a soulful bag is a bag with a soul and deep roots. The reason we do this is because we strongly belive that your gong deserve a soulful bag and a beautiful home for it self. And to take care of the cultural tradition in new ways is for us also a way to give respect to our ancestors.
Suzani embroidery is a unique traditional craft and art, and is being practiced by women again living in Central Asia, as it has been through the ages. Under Soviet rule the traditional making of Suzani was suppressed and it is therefore a wondrous celebration that this unique craft has been brought to life again since the early 90’s .
The very root of it is believed to be in the Fergana Valley that spreads across eastern Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The term is derived from the Persian word for needlework “suzanikari”.
Suzani drawing came to represent the image of an ideal universe with the unity of magic and beauty and everlasting beautiful nature. Each and every motive and symbol used in Suzanikari is there to bring joy, fertility, long life, prosperity, fruitfulness, good health, hospitality etc, or alternatively to keep the evil eye at bay and to ward off all evil from the home.
We are traveling to Uzbekistan and selecting different fine Suzani Textiles that we find beautiful , and with respect for the one who made this art we would like to bring this into our life and a part of your life.
The process is to find, to connect with the culture, creating new friendships and finding new uses for the textiles so this artwork does not get lost.
We are bringing our textiles to Istanbul to our fine team of skilled tailors from Uzbekistan are creating the finished product a Soulfullbag ™ after our specification.
Suzani tells the enduring story of a mother’s love for her daughter and the beautiful handcrafted dowry pieces that they lovingly and laboriously created together for her wedding day to bring happiness, protection and prosperity into her married life. Various dowry pieces in silk or cotton formed part of the wedding ceremony as canopies and head dresses, before they became important adornments in the wedding chamber and after in the new home.
When a little girl was old enough, she would be taught the art and secrets of embroidery and help to create her own dowry pieces. She would present them to her groom on their wedding day. Beautiful embroidery work was very highly esteemed, and could earn women great respect in their community.
The work, energy, creativity and time that goes into creating Suzani Embroidery make them a truly “Living Art” , a “Herstory” as opposed to being part of “History”.
In every authentic Suzani, you will find a small deliberate fault, an unfinished area, a pen mark or some other personal characteristics as a reminder that man is not without mistakes, and also expresses the dream of the mother that her daughter will be then be inspired to continue in the art of Suzani creation.
Traditionally grandmothers passed on her family’s embroidery secrets and own Suzani designs to a younger woman in her family before she died. Alternatively it was believed she would share her magical talents in a dream if it happened that she died too suddenly.