Sistan and Baluchistan embroidery

Suzan Duzi from Sistan and Baluchistan

The Suzan Duzi of Sistan and Baluchistan is one of the most unique examples of Iranian craftsmanship. Numerous documents show that this embroidery existed since the beginning of the Islamic era in this region of Iran and that it later flourished and developed during the Timurid and Safavid dynasties, 14th-16th.

The Suzan Duzi is used to adorn pants, dresses, blouses and leggings. As traditional clothing continues to be worn by women in many towns and regions, the production of embroidered garments is very common in the towns, large and small, of Zahedan and Saravan in the east and Iranshahr in the west (generally in the southeast of Iran). Embroidery techniques differ from region to region.

The different types of Suzan Duzi are represented in very vivid colors. The details, on the other hand, are done in green, blue, white and black. The common feature in all embroidery from these regions is the use of geometric and linear figures. In fact, the motifs are generally divided into three groups: geometric motifs, the most popular among Baloch works. Triangles and squares are the main motifs that are also found in other crafts such as ceramics; floral motifs that include plant and animal motifs such as the red rose, the four-petal flower, the dandelion, the eight-petal flower and the chicken feet; other elements are natural elements, such as mountains, rivers, etc. In addition to clothing, Baluchi embroidery is used to make rugs, bags and cushions, and the typical Baluchi masks worn by women.


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