Panno Wall Hanging – Tajikistan

Winning Bid: $35.00

Donated by HoonArts 

Item condition: New


HoonArts Fair Trade LLC donated this small embroidered wall hanging or “panno,” featuring the “anor” or pomegranate pattern symbolizing fertility, abundance, and unity. It was created as a miniature version of the traditional embroidered suzani tapestry from the Tajik ethnic areas of Central Asia. In modern Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, “suzani” embroidered tapestries have become synonymous with the rich cultural heritage of this region of the former Soviet Union. “Suzani” (from the Farsi/Tajik word for “needle”) refers to both the tapestry itself and the embroidery style. Each region (corresponding to the river valleys of the area, which cross modern political boundaries) has its characteristic embroidery style and colors. Traditionally, the women of a family lovingly create a large (3 meters by 2 meters in size) suzani tapestry when a daughter is born, and then pass these heirloom pieces down through the generations, through the female line.

This lovely piece features red and green fine embroidery on black background, with a 7/8” gold, orange and  green adras (Uzbek handwoven ikat) fabric frame. The embroidery thread is cotton on a cotton base and the “adras” is 50% cotton, 50% silk. The primary embroidery stitch is known as “bosma,” which is similar to the couching stitch used in colcha embroidery; other stitches include the chain stitch. It was designed by Munira Akilova of Khujand, Tajikistan, made by the artisans of Armughon Handicrafts of Tajikistan and measures 21″ x 21″ with 2.5″ self hanging loops made of fabric.

It is used as a wall hanging for home decoration; traditional suzani is used in wedding celebrations. The family and friends hold the suzani above the heads of the newly married couple to symbolize protecting them from the evil eye on their walk from the wedding location to the couple’s room following the ceremony.

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Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
c***********l June 26, 2022 10:32 am $35.00
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