Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Mad for....Ikat!

I've actually ALWAYS been crazy about ikats. It seems that I am finally not alone!

The process of weaving ikat is a truly ancient method that uses a resist dye process similar to tie dye(also a favorite of mine!) on either the warp or weft fibers. The dye is
applied prior to the thread being woven to create the final fabric pattern or design, sometimes a "resist" is used to keep portions of the thread from being dyed. It's a long process but the end product can yield a wonderfully symmetric fabric that is fascinating in it's intricacy.

Here are two petite golden chairs with a lovely Uzbek ikat silk/cotton fabric I've had for years, just waiting for the right time to use it. Great in a bedroom, or as occasional chairs for living, dining, or pretty on a sunporch for idly sitting dreaming of what to do with all those other ikats I've stowed away......

For sale right now at Three Ladies Antiques here in West Hartford.

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