All That Ikats
While I was in Seattle last month, I had the chance to see the beautiful exhibition Colors of the Oasis, organized by The Textile Museum, featuring ikats from Central Asia.
Uzbek Woman’s Robe, courtesy of The Textile Museum (via HandEye)
The exhibition shows beautiful garments constructed with intricate silk ikat fabrics, many of them dyed with natural dyes. All the garments, mainly from the 19th and 20th centuries, were designed and sewn using minimum waste pattern making techniques, in order to include all the little parts of the precious ikat fabric.
If you missed this exhibition in Washington DC and find yourself in the NW coast, make sure to not miss it.
Uzbek Robe back, courtesy of The Textile Museum (via HandEye)
If you can’t make it, don’t worry. With the Spring finally getting here in full force, you’ll be seeing Ikat patterns all around!
Guatemalan Ikat Stripe Tie, from The Hill-Side, S/S 12
Ikat patterned shorts, from GAP, S/S 12
Oxfords, from T&F Slack, S/S 12
Ikat fabric hats, by Supreme, S/S 12
Luckily we have an Ikat class starting tomorrow, so you can learn the ins-and-outs of this amazing technique and create a unique ikat fabric.
Ikat – Dye and Weave Combo Class