Artist Profiles

Artist:

Nodir Rasulov

Region:

South and Central Asia

Country:

Uzbekistan

Media/General:

Textiles

Medium of Work:

Velvet shoes embroidered with gold-silver thread

Year(s) Attended:

Santa Fe: 2008, 2018

About:

Uzbekistan is a land famed for its breadth of textiles, with many designers adhering to ancient styles and methods, carefully preserved and passed down from one generation to the next. Embroiderer Nodir Rasulov lives in arguably the center of it all, the beautiful and 2,500-year-old city of Bukhara, which is so beloved as an artistic nexus that it is referred to as “The Museum Under the Open Air.”

Over the centuries, Bukhara’s artisans relayed traditional styles while also imbuing their own imaginative takes into their work. Rasulov first learned the art of embroidery from his father, who had been taught by his father, and his before him; the lineage spans generations. Rasulov recalls observing his father and grandfather making embroidered items in his youth. After finishing college and studying classical methods of Uzbek embroidery, Rasulov developed his own creative practice, which flourishes today.

Using cotton, silk, velvet, leather as the base upon which he embroiders, Rasulov creates elaborately adorned, long coats, for example, and also ornate wall hangings with traditional, regionally inspired motifs which nevertheless have universal appeal. Other items range from velvet slippers, covered in shimmering gold thread, as well as spherical men’s hats, delicately stitched with floral designs in a range of colors.

For decades, Rasulov has created items which convey his deep pride in his historical city and his lineage. In the future, he says, “My daughters and young apprentices will make their own contributions to oriental embroidery.”