This gorgeously illustrated catalogue presents 185 ikat textiles from the outstanding collection donated to the Textile Museum in Washington D.C. by Murad Megalli of Istanbul. It explores the artistic, social, and economic aspects of Central Asian ikat production and the role these textiles played in oasis towns of what is now Uzbekistan, bringing attention to the contemporary revival of ikat production. Ikats derive their name from the technique used to create them, wherein parts of the warp or weft are protected in order to resist dye. The process is complex, requiring specialized skills and careful planning.
Softcover. 304 pages.
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The catalogue expands on the works in the exhibition Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats.