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Create a beautiful central Asian textile replica using the opulent colors of Crayola® Twistables Colored Pencils.
The central Asian country of Uzbekistan is rich in culture and traditions. Ask students to locate this area on a map. A center of Sunni Islam, some people in Uzbekistan trace their heritage back to the empire of Genghis Khan. Cotton, the country’s primary crop, is used to make textiles such as prayer rugs, curtains, clothing, and wall hangings (friezes).
Decorative Suzani (su-za-NEE) friezes are embroidered with stitches in regional patterns that have been used for generations. They typically contain geometric or abstract images such as open flowers, circles, rosettes, leaves, and other natural subjects. The threads, made from silk, cotton, and now synthetic materials, may be dyed with vegetal ingredients such as pomegranate peel and walnuts. Challenge students working in small groups to find pictures of Uzbek textiles on the Internet or visit a store that carries items from central Asia.
Invite students to create a replica Suzani, individually or in small groups. Students begin by sketching abstract shapes and patterns with Crayola Twistables Colored Pencils on white paper. Encourage children to think of interesting ways to arrange their designs.
Provide each student or group with a recycled file folder. Students draw their display Suzani, filling in patterns with the rich colors. Use hatched lines to simulate stitches.
With your classmates, display Suzanis around a map of the country with a brief description of Uzbekistan’s culture and history.
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