Uzbek Gold Embroidery

Pages 85–100
Keywords gold embroidery, Uzbek embroidery, Uzbekistan, Bukhara, National Museum, Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures, Prague, museum collections
Type of Article Peer-reviewed
Citation HEJZLAROVÁ, Tereza. Uzbek Gold Embroidery. Annals of the Náprstek Museum. Prague: National Museum, 2012, 33(1), 85–100. ISSN 0231-844X (print), 2533-5685 (online). Also available from:
Annals of the Náprstek Museum | 2012/33/1

The art of gold embroidery has a very long history in Uzbekistan. Bukhara is considered to be the traditional and renowned centre of gold embroidery, with its high point being in the 19th century. Gold embroidery was used in particular to decorate the clothes of the emir and his courtiers. Goldwork masters used specific materials, technical processes and stitch types. There were also rules for the creation of compositions and the choice of pattern. Numerous examples of gold embroidery from the 19th and 20th centuries can currently be seen in Uzbek museums in Tashkent, Samarkand and Bukhara. The Náprstek Museum in Prague has five items in its collection (four caps and a saddle blanket) which illustrate the Uzbek gold embroidery of the period mentioned above.

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