Kiran Daudia, 46, was found dead in a Leicester alleyway yesterday morning.
Leicestershire Police said last night they had charged Ashwin Daudia, 50, with murder and remanded him in custody.
Daudia, of Lyme Road, Leicester, will appear at Leicester Magistrates' Court today.
Ms Daudia's family paid tribute to her saying: "Kiran was a much loved mum, daughter, sister and auntie, and she will be deeply missed by us all.
"We ask that our privacy be respected during this very difficult time."
Neighbour Mohammed Asgar Pathan, 49, who lives just a few doors away from the Cromer Street,
"I came home at about 12.30pm on Tuesday to see all the police activity.
"They brought what I thought was a body out at about 3pm.
"The police came to the house last night and told us that a lady had been found in a suitcase."
Neighbours at the scene suggested there had been fears for a woman living locally who hadn't turned up for work at a local Next factory.
One colleague said: "It's scary, like something out of a film."
Forensics officers appear to have been searching a nearby house as investigations continue at the scene.