A Study in Crimean Tatar Embroidery
The Asiye-Zeynep Collection

Sashes


Sash 01

Sash 01 (Uchkur)

Embroidered on cotton (cambric), 23 cm wide and 202 cm long; a meandering stem of leaves, worked entirely in satin stitch with metallic thread and strips (gold); border consisting of a similar but simplified meandering stem of leaves; height of the embroidery from the tip of twigs to edge of cloth, 15 cm.


sash 02

Sash 02 (Uchkur)

Embroidered on cotton (cambric), 23cm wide and 172 cm long; traditional motif of a large flower (here carnation), surrounded by a stem of hyacinth flowers (here represented by eight-pointed stars), a tulip and leaves, all placed in a vase; embroidered in counted-thread style and satin stitch in colors of red, fuchsia, green, orange and purple, pink and metallic thread (gold); main motif repeated twice along the width of cloth; height of the embroidery from the tip of leaves to edge of cloth, 21 cm. Note: This motif of a main flower (carnation or rose), with a bending stem of hyacinths and a tulip, is commonly seen in Turkish embroidery.
See: Detailed view of the main motif.


sash 03

Sash 03 (Uchkur)

Embroidered on linen, 26 cm wide and 198 cm long; an unconventional motif of a simple flower on a stem, circled by the stem of another simple flower and leaves; motif repeated four times along the width of cloth; entirely worked in gold thread and strips; satin, eye and mushabak stitches (between second and third motifs); height of the embroidery from the tip of twigs to edge of cloth, 15 cm.
See: Detailed view of floral motif.


sash 04

Sash 04 (Uchkur)

Embroidered on cotton (muslin), 22 cm wide and 128*cm long; a version of Tree of Life motif with five main flowers in Hatayi style, worked in Turkic stitch in metallic thread (silver); other flowers, leaves and stems embroidered in satin and stem stitches; in colors of black, light blue, light green, purple, pink, orange and red; height of the embroidery from the tip of flower to edge of cloth, 25 cm. Note: *The sash was cut and stitched together later; now measuring 128 cm.


sash 05

Sash 05 (Uchkur)

Embroidered on cotton (muslin), 28 cm wide and 168cm long; another version of Tree of Life motif with a main central flower, two heart shaped flowers or buds on each side, and a tulip on right, all worked in metallic thread (gold); other minor flowers, leaves and twigs worked in shades of pink and purple, green, blue and black, using satin, stem and fern stitches; height of the embroidery from the tip of flower to edge of cloth, 22 cm. Note: On the back of cloth there is stamp, in Russian, indicating the Crimean origin of the sash.


sash 06

Sash 06 (Uchkur)

Embroidered on heavy linen, 27 cm wide and 210 cm long; a single motif of flower, repeated four times across the width of cloth, forming a row, and then each row repeated four times; worked in stem and satin stitches in multi-color threads, including oranges, navy blue, light purple, pink and green, and metallic thread (silver); height of the embroidered area from the tip of flowers to edge of cloth, 30 cm.
See: Detailed view of motif.


Posted: 10 February 2010

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