AUD $120.00

Lakai Uzbek Bedding Decoration

Dynamicly swirling Suzani-like embroidered Uzbek bedding decoration, probably Lakai, but hard to be certain.
Segusha” are decorative embroidered embellishments, whose original function, tucked into and suspended from the rolled and stacked bedding, stowed against the wall of the yurt during the day, was both to add protection, and even more colour.
That is, of course, whilst exposing the family wealth and embroidery skills, for visitors to admire.

Many had fringes, some carelessly removed by dealers, to appeal to the markets’ tastes. This one has a fringe of applied matching tassels, with tiny white glass beads to ward off the evil eye.
Joyous swirling Uzbek hooked sun designs and other ancient motifs are embroidered in Pinks, Magentas and violety Purples (with abrash colour variations.) Dull Olives and rich Egg Yolk Yellows
The two arms of this segusha’s “V” are not equal, as they’ve been cut from one long burgundy cotton strap, then rearranged as a "V.
Having been sewn together they have then been embroidered, as the design carries over the seam. These arms each measure 57 cm.
Some stray threads hint at a past fringe, now gone. Backed with a plain grey cotton.

You’ll often see “segushas” are also commonly known as “saye goshas” and there are variations of them used all over Uzbekistan and the surrounding “stans” consequently the name varies with locale.

For decor use in our world, hanging, draping, on cushions, costumes or bags, exciting “segushas” like this one are multipurpose. Or perhaps for Belly Dancing, but it would be a pity to chop it up.

Age: Late 20th Century.

Size: 92 cm across the arms, each being 57 cm.