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Because of my BLOOD • Pateh Needlework • Kerman • IRAN-8

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Pateh is an traditional needlework created by the women in Kerman province, in Iran.


Stop by for a visit while in Kerman. Call Mrs. Faly Golshan at +0098 (0) 912 478 2281 or email at


"Mrs. Golshan’s collects embroidered gardens but her city, Kerman, is directly on the boarder of Iran’s hottest desert. Flowers don’t bloom. Birds are rare. The sun bleaches all color away. To create their own Persian paradise, the women in Kerman developed the handicraft of pateh. Sewing each 3D-embroidered work takes a team of women months and years to complete. The final result is a small tapestry, used as a bedspread, some chairs or decorate coffee tables.


Women today who sew pateh, do it at home, watching television or while keeping an eye on the kids. “Pateh is like the friend of the family”, says Faly. Pateh observed so many circumstances and problems particular to the women of the households, perhaps that was why the main traditional color is red. “The old women said you, pateh, are red because of my blood. Their artwork narrates their lives."

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Taken on October 23, 2014