Central Asian Ikats

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Harry N. Abrams, Nov 1, 2007 - Crafts & Hobbies - 96 pages
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Centuries old, the ikat technique is a complex sequence of tie-dying silk threads to create elaborate patterns in striking colors before weaving. This invaluable introduction to the magnificent ikats of Central Asia sets the creation of these fabrics into the context of a long history of textile production that once centered around the trade of the famous Silk Road.

Illustrated throughout with glorious examples, Central Asian Ikats examines the social significance and various functions of these fabrics in Central Asian culture, as well as describing the fascinating and complex techniques involved in making them. The book accompanies an exhibition opening in November 2007.

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Ruby Clark is Assistant Curator in the Middle Eastern Section of the Asian Department of the V&A.

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