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Uzbek Ikat Coverlet

This large ikat coverlet or panel was made in Uzbekistan around 1900. It is made out of silk and cotton and is decorated with purple stripes with interlocking serrated edges. It is backed with Russian chintz.

Central Asian ikat originated in the 19th century, most likely in Bukhara, a bustling cosmopolitan city that would have had the requisite concentration of craftspeople necessary to support such a technically demanding process. Ikat is a difficult technique because the design is tie-dyed onto the fibers before the textile is woven, which requires great skill from the dyers, warpers, and weavers involved.

One might expect that such a difficult process would have led designers to create and conform to regular patterns to ensure they could achieve a consistent final product, but it seems that just the opposite occurred. Weavers and designers embraced the mutability of the process, experimenting and innovating with each textile they created, so no two ikats turned out quite the same. Many ikats have vertical symmetry due to the dyeing process, but just as often the weavers purposefully mismatched sections to create more visual interest.

Circa: 1900

Origin: Uzbekistan

Material: Silk and cotton blend

Condition: Very good

Dimensions: 68" x 90"

Inventory number: TX2717



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