Welcome to UzbekAlive, a website dedicated to promotion of artisanal textile heritage of Uzbekistan. Our focus is on Uzbek ikats and ikat related products such as ikat quilts, ikat pillow covers, silk ikat scarves and ikat porcelain bowls. Ikat is a term for a fabric, which is hand-dyed using a resist dying method and woven using the century’s old traditions. The ikat making skills passed for generations from a father to a son. Each inch of the fabric is a mix of a humble work and a resulting tactile luxury. We also feature some eclectic finds such as hand embroidered suzani and hand painted jewelry boxes which is basically taking gorgeous Islamic mosaics and murals and transforming them into a décor item.
Ikat-weaving technique emerged in different parts of the world, often independently. India and Indonesia have their own long traditions of ikat making, however, it is ikat fabrics from Uzbekistan which have become a late hit in fashion and interior design industries for their large and bold ikat patterns and for mixing unimaginable ikat colors you would originally think would not work together. Ikat fabrics are often used as a chic ikat upholstery fabric, ikat curtains, ikat pillow covers, ikat throws and ikat quilts.
The cradle of ikat culture in Uzbekistan is a small city called Margilan, which is located in Fergana Valley of Uzbekistan. There, for centuries, different ikat patterns and ikat techniques were developed and refined generation after generation, often in the same family.
The popularity of ikat fabrics gave rise to a more industrialized way of "mocking" ikat fabrics through printing. Ikat is defined as a method of tying and dying weft and warp yarn to create a desired pattern. Ikat print is a printing technique, which is much simpler, less time consuming, less labor intensive and it costs significantly less. It is also not really an ikat! With printed ikats one gets only an ikat pattern, which lacks an ikat soul.
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