AUD $140.00

Lakai Uzbek Bedding Decoration

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. This display of textiles and embroideries has continued into settled households today.

Many had fringes, sadly some that are slightly damaged are 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.
The two arms of this segusha’s “V” are not equal, as they’ve been cut from one long embroidered strap, then rearranged as a "V.
They have been cut to accomodate the embroidered design, therefore the lengths are determined by the embroidery.

The arms measure 54 cm and 56.5 cm. More and more, as I look at other examples, the majority seem to have this feature, so I don’t think this piece is a “Dealers’ Hybrid”, it was all done sometime ago as the backing, tassels and stitches are uniformly faded.

I’ve noted, the minutest of crosstiches possibly some form of repair (?) in the centres of the faded red and blue motifs in the first image.

For decor use in our world, hanging, draping, on cushions, costumes or bags, exciting “segushas” like this one are multipurpose.

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.

Age: Mid/ Late 20 th Century.

Size: W 61.5 cm x H 52 cm

Weight: 116 grams