Warp ikat, warp-faced plain weave; silk warp; cotton weft; 5 panels./ lining: printed cotton, plain weave; 2 panels
Overall: 192.4 x 144.2 cm (75 3/4 x 56 3/4 in.)
Gift of Guido Goldman 2006.152
Eye-dazzling patterns with saturated colors demonstrating the ikat technique provided vibrant wall hangings for the reception rooms of the urban elite in Central Asia. In this splendid example comprising five loom widths, three lengths display popular amulet designs while the two inner lengths are precursors to the bold chevron designs of the late 19th century. The irregular contours—telltale indicators of ikat—are masterfully controlled with five rich colors. In the ikat technique, designs are dyed on the warp (vertical thread) in a resist-dye process before being woven. Thread is tightly wrapped around the warp to prevent dye penetration in each area of color, beginning with the lightest shades to the darkest. This labor-intensive process produces vivid colors and fuzzy contours.
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