We went for a short trip to Edinburgh [Scotland] for Ramadhan festival holidays. On a day trip to Glasgow we saw the Burell collection-the exhibits were the personal collection of William Burell.
I found some very interesting embroidery pieces there. The one here is part of the bedspread

emb on bedspread1

emb on bedspread1

Embroidery in silk thread and applique work is combined to create this beautiful velvet spread.

emb on bedspread2

emb on bedspread2

This is a wall hanging done in Suzani embroidery.

suzani emb1

suzani emb1

Chain stitches are worked on cream silk fabric.

suzani emb2

suzani emb2

I first learnt of this type of work during the Muscat festival- where artisans from various countries had participated. There were several wall hangings worked with Suzani embroidery. Couldn’t take pictures because I forgot to take the camera. Then browsed on the net and learnt some aspects of this embroidery. The work is very similar to Kashmiri embroidery. But the Kashmiri embroidery uses wide range of colours on woolen, spun and silk. Suzani embroidery is done on white, cream and beige silk fabrics in silk threads.

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