My point is, how did this happen? A year ago, I was irritated by the mere whiff of a suzani mention. Now, I'm filled with a near-overwhelming craving. I used to WORK in media. I can't believe I fell victim to this. Nonetheless, here we are.
There are, in my mind at least, so many things to dislike about Suzani textiles. Their historic association with the dowry, for example. The incredibly high prices they sell for in North America (prices which often don't even result in basic financial security for the actual craftspeople -- women). Sigh.
I keep trying to talk myself out of wanting one, but I'm not having much luck.
There's one bright spot in all this: I am poor (with a lower-case p) and by the time I manage to gather together enough cash to get an authentic imported Suzani of my very own, (or to afford a trip to one of the 'stans to buy one from the source) they'll probably we woefully out of style, and thus, much less appealing. That's how these things tend to go.
* All Creative Commons images in this post from Anne Laure PY of the Silk Road Project from her Flickr page.
P.S. Love Suzanis? The blog Design Ties does too. Back in February, they collected many pretty images.