Ikat is a term for a fabric, which is hand-dyed using a resist dying method and handwoven on wooden looms using the century’s old traditions of ikat weaving. The ikat weaving traditions have been passed for generations from a father to a son, from a master to an apprentice. Each inch of the fabric is a mix of a humble work interwoven into the ikat pattern and a resulting tactile luxury.
Ikat weaving technique emerged in different parts of the world, often independently. India and Indonesia have their own long traditions of ikat fabric making, however, it is ikat fabrics from Uzbekistan which have become a smashing hit in fashion and interior decoration. Uzbek ikats are recognizable from other ikats by their large and bold ikat patterns and by mixing unimaginable colors. 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 weaving culture in Central Asia is a small city Margilan, which is located in Fergana Valley of Uzbekistan. There, for centuries, different ikat patterns and ikat weaving techniques have been developed and refined generation after generation, often within the same family.
The popularity of ikat fabrics gave rise to a more industrialized way of "mocking" ikat fabrics through ikat 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.
Here at UzbekAlive we only sell authentic handwoven ikat fabrics from Uzbekistan!
UzbekAlive is an ikat fabric online store dedicated to promoting artisanal textile heritage of Uzbekistan. Our focus is on Uzbek ikat fabrics and ikat related products such as ikat cushions, ikat quilts, ikat pillow covers, ikat silk scarves and ikat pattern hand painted bowls.
We also feature some eclectic finds such as hand embroidered suzani and hand painted jewelry boxes which are miniature representations of Islamic mosaics and murals in a form of décor items.
I ordered 2 pillow covers and a very fragile bowl. The packaged traveled a far distance and it arrived at my doorestep in perfect condition. Really well packaged and fast delivery. Really like the quality and aeshetics of the poducts. My compliments to the makers of these products and thanks for the good service.
Joost V. Kemenade
I just wanted to let you know that my order finally arrived today!!!,i'm so glad,i have to say that it's been worth the wait ,all the fabrics are just beautiful. Thank you very much.
Wow! What a treat to order a beautiful woven piece of art through modern technology and not travel and the excitement of receiving the precious little package wrapped as a gift. I'm ready to put this scarf to work and figure out which one I want next. Thank you. I can't stop looking at it.
The parcel just arrived and the fabric is gorgeous! Just what I hoped it would be...once it is made up into lampshades I will send you a photo so you can use it for your marketing. Please let the designers / producers know they have one more very happy customer! Many thanks!