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Catalog number 2010.6.10
Title Ikat
Date c.1860
Object Name Textile
Description Ikat panel made from sections of two loom widths, threads are dyed pink, blue, and yellow.

The term ikat is derived from the Malay word mengikat, meaning "to tie" – a reference to the distinctive technique used to create them, a complex process that involves tying strips of fiber around the unwoven threads of a textile before dyeing them so as to create rich and intricate patterns in the resulting fabric. Although united by a common technique, ikat textiles are astonishingly diverse in their imagery, which ranges from bold geometric compositions to figural patterns of striking visual and technical virtuosity. The sources of artistic inspiration are equally varied. Some reflect artistic influences from India, the Southeast Asian mainland, or the Islamic world. Others draw on purely indigenous aesthetics. Ikat textiles appear in diverse forms, from lavishly adorned garments, such as skirts or shoulder cloths, to monumental ceremonial textiles used to mark sacred spaces, enshroud the dead, or serve as potent symbols of their owners' wealth and power. -Metropolitan Museum of Art
Medium/Material Dyed silk/Cotton
Dimensions H-34.25 W-21 inches
Search Terms Uzbekistan
Central Asia
19th Century AD
Exhibition and Publication History *"Interwoven Worlds: Exploring Domestic and Nomadic Life in Turkey," GTM at Flushing Town Hall, March 9-April 29, 2012. A. Winter and A. Bauer, Curators.
Culture Uzbekistan