AUD $180.00

Uzbek 'segusha' Bedding Decoration

A lovely muted old Uzbek Segusha in a softly glowing watermelon cotton with faded silk floss embroidery.

”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 twisted, faded cottons. At one end 2 cm of fringe is gone, once again it’s at one end so not as bad as in the middle.
The two arms of this segusha’s “V” are not equal, as they’ve been cut from one long fabric strip, then rearranged as a “V.

The embroidery was then applied to this base, the stitches actually covering the join. And it was all done sometime ago as the backing, tassels and stitches are uniformly faded.
Some of the silk has worn away, literally eroded here and there. And I’ve just noticed, two small holes, one a cm long, the other 4 mm round, but both merging into the design. It’s old, so they’re part of it’s history.
The reverse combines three different rather plain floral and polka dot prints, with some old stains.

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.
Although this one is so nice I’d be inclined to leave it intact, for prosperity.

Age: Early/Mid 20th Century

Size: 80 cm across the arms. Each arm being 56.5 cm, fringe 16.5 cm

Weight: 132 grams