Sanjar Nazarov learned suzani embroidery from watching his father and grandfather. He and his wife now run their own workshop in the heart of Bukhara, Uzbekistan. The Nazarov’s descend from nomadic people whose art was greatly influenced by the sights and colors of nature. They adorned their portable homes, called yurts, with sumptuous textiles in natural fabrics. Today those designs, carried in the minds of the men and women who work with Sanjar, are applied to fabric by hand. Taking up a needle and high gloss thread, artisans then embroider these motifs favored by their ancestors, following suzani techniques. The result is surprisingly modern, cheerful, and animated.