About me

About me



Asadova Nafisa - Silk Handcraft Ebriodery

About Me

I am a professional nationally and internationally recognized master of Uzbek
traditional embroidery. For many years, I have operated as an artisanal hand embroiderer
in Bukhara Region, Uzhekistan, specializing in embroidery of handhags and clothing.
My artwork has won major national awards and has been featured in major intenational
artistic exhibitions. My creative work has been praised by publications in major national
media. My achievements in the field of traditional UUzhck embroidery have carned me
many professional honors. I am a member of the highly selective organization
Hunarmand, the national association of artisans, cralstmen, and folk artists of Uzbckistan.
I was accepted to the llunarmand association based on my outstanding achievements in
the art of embroidery. My work in the field af embroidery has heen recognized hy the
lcading experts in this field to be a contribution of major significance. My consistent
track record of acenmplishment in the field of traditinnal Uzbek embroidery, clearly
demonstrates that I am one of a small percentage who have risen to the very top of this
field. For these reasons, I believe that I fully quality for classitication as an alien of
extraordinary ability in the field of traditional Uzbek embroidery.

I was borm in Bukhara region on May 10, 1989 in the family of embroiderers. My
father comes from the family of hereditary textile weavers and dyers. My mother's family
has practiced embroidery for many gencrations. Eimbroidery has leen an integral part of
Uzbek and Bukharian culture heritage for many centuries. Because of its location on the
Silk Road, Bukhara has developed a long tradition of decorative folk arts using silk and
other textiles. The applied art of Uzbekistan is original and exclusive creative work of
national craftsmen and masters, passing their skulls from generation to generation.
Putting their hearts and souls into work, for many centuries, Uzbek embroiderers have
created unique pieces and articles, such as house wares, house adornment, inimitable
fabrics for dressy dresses, colorful tableware. Masters embroiderers of the past invented
new and unique stitching methods to create a distinct style of embroidery that has been
preserved to this day.
My grandmother taught me the basics, techniques, ornaments, patterns, and
customs of this traditional Uzbek craft. I also learned the craft of weaving from my
father. The art of embroidery has become my mission. I carefully learned the works of
old masters. I learned various patterns designing for Suzanies and various stitches used
in craft of embroidery. Suzani" means needlework, but to most collectors, the word has a
more specific meaning: "suzani" is synonymous with the glorious embroideries of
Uzbekistan, in Central Asia. In recent years, we have witnessed a remarkable revival of
this old traditional art form. In the nineteenth century, Uzbek women produced fabulous
embroidered hangings, bed covers, wrapping cloths, table covers, and prayer mats for
their households and their daughters' dowries. Today, gorgeous contemporary
embroideries decorate not only Uzbek homes, but also grace European and American
homes.
I made it my goal to revive the traditions of the past, using traditional equipment and needle techniques,
in order to faithfully recreate this national folk art form. I was able
to find proper synthesis between traditional and modern embroidery technologies. For
my embroidery, I use only hand woven fabrics. The fabrics are woven of 100% cotton,
half cotton half silk (called adrsa) or 100 % silk. I dye the threads myself in my developed
dyeing method. For dyes, I use leaves of fruit trees, walnut shells, onion skins,
pomegranate skin. For blue color, I use indigo. For red color I use madder.
Throughout my career as embroiderer, I have hand-made many traditional Uzbek
hand embroidered clothing and hand embroidered bags. In my embroidery work, I use a
variety of techniques, with emphasis on the choice of stitches and fine finishing details.
Mainly, I use two traditional stitches in my embroidery pieces: primarily basma stitch,
sometimes called Bukhara couching, and less often, chain stitch. For the large image
planes I use one-sided smooth surface couched stitch technique called bosma, which
forms a dense light relief texture, or chain stitch called yurma, which makes the surface
of pattern grained, and thanks to accurately calculate effects, creates wealth of shades
resembling an overflow of precious stones. I frequently use yurma for fringing and the
edge enhancement pattern. I believe that my ability to find proper synthesis between
traditional and modern embroidery technologies constitutes a contribution of major
significance to the art of traditional Uzbek embroidery. I believe I have made an original
contribution of major significance to the field of traditional Uzbek embroidery and folk
art by preserving the unique artistic heritage of ancient embroidery and craftsmen.
My achievements in the field of embroidery have earned me various professional
honors. I am a member of a highly selective organization, Hunarmand, the Uzbek
internationally. The excellence of my work has been recognized internationally. In 2012,
I was awarded the Award of Excellence award for handicraft products in South-East Asia
by UNESCO for demonstrating excellence and setting an example of high quality in
manship. The Award of Excellence for Handicrafts is an award which seeks to raise
international awareness of importance and economic potential of the craftsmanship in
Central Asia. It was established to encourage artisans to use traditional skills and
materials. The Award also seeks to ensure the continuation of traditional knowledge and
the preservation of cultural diversity in the region. When assessing the products, the
expert judges and them for excellence, innovation, authenticity, marketability, eco-
friendliness and social responsibility, and their award to me was a definite recognition of
these qualities in my craft.
As you can see, and as the attached evidence will confirm, I am definitely one
who has risen to the very top of the field of traditional Uzbek embroidery. My
extraordinary ability in and contributions of major significance to this field have earned
me awards and recognition both in my home country of Uzbekistan and abroad. I am
considered one of the best embroiderers in Uzbekistan, and many experts in this field
have praised my creative rethinking and modification of traditional Uzbek embroidery
methods. I now intend to bring this unique knowledge, experience and extraordinary
ability to the US so that I could continue my work and present it to a wider market, bring
more awareness of nature's unique powers in creating no-toxic and energy positive color
combinations, and contribute to cultural diversity in the US. Therefore, I respectfully
request that you approve my immigrant visa petition as an alien of extraordinary ability in
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