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Lakai Suzani

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Uzbekistan

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PROVENANCE

This vintage St. Frank piece was created in Uzbekistan and consists of delicate silk embroidery on a silk-cotton blend backing. The Lakai people are a sub-tribe of the Uzbek who did not embrace Islam and maintain instead the traditions of mountain horsemen. The symbols of their vibrant free-style embroidery reflect their ancient way of life. In this piece, for example, the star and hooked sun-disc motifs reference the Lakai practices of sun and fire worship. The all-over design, with dense embroidery, shows off a free flowing energy characteristic of Lakai textiles.

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