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  • Mar 30th, 2011

Ikat

One of my most treasured possessions must be this beautiful silk ikat robe from Uzbekistan in Central Asia. I bought it some years ago at a textile fair. I guess just after the disintegration of the Soviet Union in the early 1990’s, when merchants and dealers were able to gain access to the region once again. I have to admit that I know almost nothing else about it. I was told that the lining was a russian printed fabric from the 1950’s it appears to be of dandelions and the sleeves are lined with different fabrics. I was drawn to it because of the technique employed to make it “a printed warp”. It has long been my ambition to experiment with this technique. If only I could find someone with the technical know how to be able to print a warp!. There seem to be a lot of ikat style fabrics around at the moment but how many of them actually have printed warps?

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