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IKATS FROM INDONESIA
THE ISLAND OF FLORES
WEAVINGS FROM LAOS
A BALINESE FEAST
ARTXCHANGE THRU SEATTLE
PHOTOGRAPHY THIS FALL
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The
Extraordinary
Ikat


Craft is a silent messenger, offering a glimpse into the living traditions of people from around the world - connecting us one to another - hand to hand. The art of traditional Indonesian textiles is one of the richest, most varied and coolest (actually and metaphorically) in the world. Ikat weaving throughout Indonesia has social, economic, ceremonial and traditional significance. These dramatic works of textile art are also excellent as wall hangings to warm up any interior space.

The Indonesian word ikat means “to tie or bind” and this is the beginning of the ikat process. Throughout the vast archipelago of Indonesia, women on various islands wrap longitudinal threads (warp) onto a large wooden frame. The ikat artisan then binds designated spots in the individual bundles with raffia, creating a tight knot resistant to dyes. These knots create a desired pattern for the finished weaving. This tie-dyed process is carried out for each successive color.
 

There are numerous textile traditions throughout Indonesia. Variety has arisen because natural barriers throughout the archipelago have allowed styles and techniques to develop and evolve. Each of these ikat embodies a rich story imbued with the spirit of the artisan and the culture from which she comes.
         
Designs represent animals, birds, floral, geometric or ancestral figure motifs. Through this painstaking process, sophisticated textile art is produced with both drama and subtlety.
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THE IKAT WEAVING PROCESS

 

 
IKATS FROM INDONESIA / THE ISLAND OF FLORES / WEAVINGS FROM LAOS
A BALINESE FEAST / ARTXCHANGE THRU SEATTLE / PHOTOGRAPHY THIS FALL

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