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If you are searching high and low for the best ikat fabric, then look no further, you've certainly arrived at the best destination for the most fantastic deals available anywhere. There's no doubt about the surge in popularity of ikat fabrics in the past few years. The trend is definitely here to stay, for good reason too, they are just amazing. The beauty of the ikat fabric leaves people stunned. Let's share a little information about the process behind these beautiful ikat fabrics to help untangle some of the mystique.

The gorgeous fabrics are formed by binding individual yarns or bundles of yarns with a tight wrapping applied in the preferred pattern. The yarns are then dyed accordingly. The bindings may then be changed to create new patterns and the yarns dyed again with another color. This way, you can use all kinds of color combinations for remarkable results. This process may be repeated multiple times to produce elaborate multicolored patterns that will stun everyone. When the dyeing is completed all the bindings are removed and the yarns are woven into clothe.

In other resist-dyeing techniques such as tie-dye and batik the resist is applied to the woven cloth, whereas in ikat the resist is applied to the yarns before they are woven into cloth. Because the surface design is created in the yarns rather than on the finished cloth, in ikat both fabric faces are patterned. The style and beauty of the end result is truly a miraculous sight to behold.

An important characteristic of ikat textiles is an apparent "blurriness" to the design. The blurriness is a result of the extreme complications the weavers has lining up the dyed yarns so that gorgeous patterns come out perfectly and uniquely in the completed cloth. The blurriness can then be minimized by using finer yarns or by the skill of the craftsperson. Ikats with little blurriness, multiple colors and complicated patterns are more difficult to create and therefore also bite more into your wallet, but its well worth it.

However, the blurriness that is so characteristic of ikat is often highly sought after by textile collectors. If you are looking for the best quality fabric of artisanal textile heritage of Uzbekistan, then we would appreciate this opportunity to service your needs. Check out our wide selection of UzbekAlive ikats and ikat related products such as ikat quilts, ikat pillow covers, silk ikat scarves and ikat porcelain bowls.

For the more adventurous folks, you may also want to check out awesome eclectic finds such as hand embroidered suzani and hand painted jewelry boxes which are based on gorgeous Islamic mosaics and murals and transforming them into very appealing décor items. You will be astounded at the ingenuity of techniques used to produce such stunning quality and beauty. The surging love affair with ikat fabrics is sure to continue. Take full advantage of this opportunity to start building or adding to your collection today, check out affordable ikat fabrics available at a real bargain.

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The day has come!

7/6/2014 12:00 AM

This week we have kissed good-bye to our old website and re-launched a new and improved UzbekAlive. In 12 years of business, this is our 3rd version of UzbekAlive.

We are still ironing out a few wrinkles here and there. Otherwise, we are on a roll and working on bringing you ikat fabrics (ikat silk velvets anyone?), a new line of pillow covers  as well as new products in general.

As always, we are one email away from you for custom-made designer items at nilufar@uzbekalive.com.

 

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