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    "From the world that is, I want to go to that which was. From the West of today to the Orient of yesterday." - Ida von Hahn-Hahn

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    Abra

    Abra

    The word Ikat in the English language ultimately derives from Malay. It is a very ancient way of creating designs in fabric by resist-dyeing the threads before the fabric is woven.  In Uzbekistan, Ikat is known as Abrband from the Persian “abr” - a cloud and “bind” – to tie – fabrics produced by this method are known as Abra fabrics.

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    Suzani

    Suzani

    A Suzani is a large, hand-embroidered textile panel. The term “Suzani” derives from the Farsi word for needle and needlework "suzanikari". Originating from nomadic tribes in Central Asia, suzanis have become highly collectable and valued for their beautiful decoration and fine craftsmanship. Suzanis have a symbolic significance and were traditionally made by brides and their mothers as part of a dowry, and presented to the groom on his wedding day. They represented the binding together of two families, and were adorned with symbols of luck, health, long life and fertility.

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