Traditional Caroq Quilts from Uzbekistan
In the Suzaniroom is a collection of unusual and beautifully made, traditional handmade quilts from Bukhara, made by Halimaxon Opa from the Gijduvan Region near Bukhara over the last 20 years.
She used antique Suzani fragments and plain and floral fabrics mainly produced during the Soviet years of the 1960's and 1970's. She has since left the country to live in Istanbul where there could sometimes be a better market for her work.
Patchwork ( Caroq, kurok ) not only recycled pieces of material into something functional and beautiful, but it also possessed powerful protective properties. The intricate patterns of the brightly coloured fabrics, usually composed with many small talismanic triangles, are thought to confuse the evil spirits and keep them away. A family sleeping under caroq quilts could feel safe from the ever Evil Eye.
In the first image a traditional Uzbek Bride is wearing traditional quilted gown.