Cross stitch is very popular worldwide, but in central Asia, it is not very common, cursive embroidery styles are much more popular. But it does exist, and forms a distinctive style. It is most closely associated with one Tribe of Uzbeks who are still nomadic, the Lakai. The various peoples of Central Asia are closely linked with each other, and there was and is much trade between the various nationalities, and mutual cultural influence as well. Today i will present images of various items from different sources. I hope that some of you will find these designs interesting enough to use them.
In this region, cross stitch is always worked very densely, covering the entire ground fabric. The color scheme is warm, the images are often large and blocky. It often serves to strengthen fabric that is to be used for purposes that need reinforcement. I will start with images from Uzbek sources. Most are geometric designs, like this wall bag.
Many of these images were greatly enlarged, but i believe that they can still be graphed by those who like the designs. Being nomads, the Lakai have need of many sorts of bags and cases in which to carry things. Here is a spoon bag.