Ikat is a Malay-Indonesian term for cloth which is patterned by first tying the warp threads in a specific design and then dyeing them before weaving. In Uzbek, its name abrband means “to tie a cloud”.
Accomplished ikat master and expert dyer Rasuljon Mirzaahmedov creates these stunning pieces of silk cloth and other products. Based in Margilan, Uzbekistan, he learned his artisan skills from his father whose efforts revived this fabric in the 1990s, and has trained others in this technique. Rasuljon serves as director of the artisan and training center and oversees the designing, tying, dyeing and weaving of the ikat textiles. His wife manages all of the dyeing.
Today Uzbek ikats are very popular in fashion and among interior designers who are turning to this traditional form. Rasuljon’s ikats have been used by Oscar de la Renta. Now they are available to you as well to create your own stunning projects.
In producing this resist-dyed fabric, artisans weave multiples of a long pattern over the length of the warp. There is often a noticeable dye break between the long patterns. We offer fabric lengths that avoid this break: full pattern lengths and partial pattern lengths. This pattern is 88″ and it consists of 6.5 repeats of 2 rows of medallions.