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 Ikat table runner in red blue and unbleached cotton

Table decorating is a form of art which can take a dinner setting from a blend to exquisite and it can be tiny details that  make a difference.

 

Today we would like to talk about one item, which can add an immense feeling of festivity  to your dining table –a cotton ikat table runner

 

1)   The ikat table runner is made of a pure 100% cotton ikat material. The beige in the ikat table runner is a natural unbleached cotton. The natural fibers of this cotton ikat material make this table runner soft and energetically very pleasant.

2)   Red and blue colors of this cotton ikat runner are classic holiday colors, be it Christmas, Thanksgiving or 4th of July , especially 4th of July which is just around the corner.

3)   It is cool when things have history. We are all suckers for legends, myths and conspiracy theories. This ikat table runner comes from a land of flying magic carpets, caravans connecting China with Roman Empire  and a millennia of textile traditions. This is a type of ikat table décor which speaks volumes of culture, civilization and artisanal traditions. What is a better start for a beautiful dinner conversation?

4)   Lastly, it is hand washable in cold water with a mild detergent.

 

With this, we wish you a strong immunity and having no fear in face of adversities happening in the world with this COVID-19 situation.  Wash your hands, practice social distancing, get sunlight and fresh air, organize your life and prepare for roaring twenties!

Roaring twenties women dancing


Photo credit:  https://www.showclix.com/

Comments | Posted By UzbekAlive

We are working on a lampshade custom order out of this beautiful green / fucsia Ikat material. Handloom woven cotton Ikat materials are narrow. This is why we need to match their Ikat patterns for projects that require wider width (e.g., ikat curtains, ikat upholstery fabric, etc)

This is exactly what we are doing here and we will do this for you too.  Just tell us what width you need for your project and we will take care of it.  You will only pay for the fabric, pattern matching service is on us. 

Happy spring! Let's stay positive and productive no matter what! 

Emerald green cotton ikat materialCotton Ikat material matching for an ikat lampshade

Comments | Posted By UzbekAlive

With covid-19 pandemic going through the world, a lot of us are going through emotionally turbulent times. However, such turbulent times are not new to the humanity and they will pass too. 

Let’s look at it this way - there are things we can control like washing hands,  wearing masks, practicing social distancing and social isolation, and there are things we don’t control like worrying about the state of the world, economy and what happens next. 

I hope you agree with me that worrying is only a waste of our time and energy. 

This is why, while in a lockdown, I suggest that you turn off your TV, limit your news intake and focus on you, your family and your home. While everyone is panicking and imagining horrible things fueled by media,  please choose to turn off that noise, make a list of things you have been wanting to do but hadn’t had time and work on this list.  I made my list and it is two pages long. 

We are spending more time at home, a lot of us are working remotely while some of us are moving their businesses online. Now is the time to make your home cosy and beautiful. Now you have time to decorate with those beautiful Ikat pillows and to sew those beautiful curtains you have been dreaming of. Could it be a time to reupholster those chairs with Ikat fabric?

Post offices and mail delivery services are working, so, let’s get to work. 

What we at UzbekAlive can offer to you:


- For crafty ones who can sew and design:  30 % off all fabrics

- For those who need to spice up their  home interiors with pillow covers and other home decor:  30 % off all pillow covers

Code at a checkout: DECORATE_IN_LOCKDOWN

We will have the promotion running through end of April 2020 for now which may get extended.

Stay safe. 

Stay home. 

Wash your hands. 

We will get through this. 

Decorate in lockdown with ikat materials, sales promotion

0 Comments | Posted By UzbekAlive

So often we are asked if our ikat fabrics can be used for upholstering chairs. The answer is “yes but...”. Here is an explanation of “ but” part:

    1. Uzbek ikat fabrics are hand woven artisanal fabrics. The fiber mix of ikat fabrics varies from pure ikat silk to ikat silk/cotton blends and pure ikat cotton. For chair upholstery you will need thick ikat cotton or a blend with significantly less silk than cotton. This type of ikat fabric often feels like linen.

  1. Ikat fabrics are fabrics mainly used in fashion and in interior decoration for ikat curtains, ikat pillows, etc. Ikat weaving process has not been designed to produce a heavy use ikat upholstery fabric. Hence, if you plan to use the fabric for a chair which will be used a lot - you can certainly use it but be prepared to reupholster it on a regular basis.

Here are examples of chairs at Minzifa restaurant in Bukhara, Uzbekistan. The chairs are restored vintage chairs, the upholstery ikat fabric is modern day Uzbek ikat fabrics.  In my opinion - the chairs look awesome! 

Should you have questions on heaviness of a particular ikat material we have online, please do not hesitate to drop a line - we are here to help! 

Uzbek ikat upholstered vintage chair

Upholstered ikat chair Minzifa restaurant Bukhara

0 Comments | Posted By UzbekAlive

Have you seen Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabanna’s Sicilian villa? The villa is as colorful and bold as D&G fashion itself. Sicily is omnipresent throughout interior decorations - ceramic tiles, Sicilian pine cones, walls in colorful Italian plaster. For me the wall colors are too wild for a home but then we have to remember - this was a getaway villa for D&G couple who mainly worked from gray industrial MIlan. They probably missed colors of Sicily, its lemons and ceramics!

So as I check one picture after another, studying textiles and furniture what do I see? Did I see that right? Among wooden Italian furniture there is a sofa upholstered in Uzbek suzani! Madonna Santa! Uzbek suzani in Dolce and Gabanna’s villa in Stromboli? For those of you still struggling and doubting whether you should be bold and use Uzbek suzani, go for it! Be brave! Be different! The villa is for sale here. You can buy the villa which comes with that sofa upholstered in Uzbek suzani or you can buy Uzbek suzani here and upholster your furniture. Good luck with whatever path you chose to embark on!

Dolce and Gabbana Sicilian villa, Uzbek suzani upholstered sofa

Image credit: Gionale di Sicilia

0 Comments | Posted By UzbekAlive

We owe inspiration for this post to this bed styling photo from One King’s lane. Do you see that bed? 
Did you notice black and white Ikat fabric bedcover?
Do you think it is true love too?
 :)

ikat fabric bedroom styling

Source: One Kings Lane | How to style Bed

Black and white is a classic. It is one of the most widely used color combination for a reason. It is about polarity,

two extremes, light and absence of light, full reflection of light and full absorption of light. Black and white is so retro
yet always fresh and trendy.

We have a similar black and white Ikat fabric in stock to make a similar bedcover.
For questions or custom orders, please contact us through a contact form. 

 

Black and white silk ikat fabric Black and white cotton ikat fabric

Black and white  cotton / silk ikat fabric | UzbekAlive

0 Comments | Posted By Curi @ UzbekAlive

Satin silk ikat fabric in black and white from Uzbekistan

This kind of ikat fabric is becoming a rare find these days. You would ask "why"?  Ikat fabrics have been in trend, their production is growing and we see them everywhere from fashion runways to interior decoration magazines. Well, because these ikat fabrics have a history and everything with a history is already faschinating, enchanting, valuable...

So what's so special about this Black and White ikat fabric? It was made before 1991 when the former USSR collapsed and with it collapsed the command economy.  The production of this silk ikat fabric was considered "needed for the people" by then Soviet State, included in production plans and manufactured according to Soviet State textile standards. 

The Soviet government did not allow any form of enterpreneurship because the economy needed to be planned and controlled.  The State determined what needed to be produced and everyone worked for that State. If an ikat maker wanted to make ikat fabrics he had to go work for the government and be paid a salary because having his own business was not an option. This is what this fabric is about.

  • - Soviet.
  • - Planned based on Soviet analytics of supply and demand.
  • - 100% silk.
  • - Hand dyed but machine woven on a Soviet industrial loom.
  • - New, never used.
  • - Today it is considered vintage
  • - ... and we only have 1.95 meters in stock

0 Comments | Posted By Curi @ UzbekAlive

Everything in nature is shaped a certain way to serve a specific function. The same is true for everything we, humans, create - there is a function we address by creating a product in a certain shape and we try to do it in the most cost effective way.

Let’s take Uzbekistan’s Ikat weaving culture and long silk scarf production which is directly linked to it. Uzbekistan has been an Ikat weaving culture for millennia. Ikat fabric artisans are famous around the world for their spectacular silk Ikat fabrics with bold and colorful Ikat patterns. We don’t know how an idea of making silk scarves was born or who came up with it. Most likely some creative soul just took some fabric and started wearing it as a long silk scarf. Regardless of historical facts behind the making of silk scarves, the artisans responded to a demand - they started making proper long silk scarves.

UzbekAlive’s silk scarves are long and narrow because scarves are a product closely related to ikat fabrics. Ikat fabric is woven on hand looms the width of which is limited to 50-60cm the most, you can read more about the ikat fabrics’ width limitation here. So, when someone came up with an idea of making Ikat silk scarves, it was only logical to take an existing production process for Ikat fabrics and modify it slightly to start making the long silk scarves.

Long silk scarf can be worn as a head scarf, as a neck scarf or a shoulder shawl. It is an absolute “must have” for traveling. Unique properties of silk will keep you cool in summer and warm in winter. A long silk scarf folds into a small piece of fabric, takes very little space in your bag and can be the only accessory you need to transform your look from casual to glamorous.

0 Comments | Posted By UzbekAlive

Suzani, beautiful hand embroidered suzani which in our case we are using as a smashing table runner!

Here is one of them fully hand emboidered in Uzbekistan which we suggest to use as a festive table runner. Perfect for holidays! This could be the the main decor item which will add that festive touch to your dining room! We have only one in stock, so, hurry and get started with your early Christmas shopping! 

Close up shot of the Uzbek suzani table runner. Please click on the image to be taken to product details.

Red floral hand embroidered suzani tablerunner Uzbekistan

This will make an excellent tablerunner for smaller tables. Most importantly, everything else can be kept simple. Just have one very festive piece of tabledecor and you are all set! 

Red floral hand embroidered suzani table setting Uzbekistan

0 Comments | Posted By UzbekAlive

Uzbek ikat fabrics are inique in many ways.

First and foremost, they are made of 100% manural fibers. Depending on a fabric, the fiber content varies from pure silk ikat fabric, cotton and silk blend ikat fabric (also knows as "adras") and pure cotton ikat material ("boz") .

Secondly, ikat fabric making to this day they is an entirely manual process.

Thirdly, and this is the point to which we would like to devote this post, most ikat fabrics made in Uzbekistan have a luxurious moire pattern.

What is moire you might ask? Wikipedia defines moire fabric as follows: 

"Moire is produced from two distinctly different methods of finishing. Calendering produces the true moire, known as "moire antique" and "moire Anglaise", which is a purely physical phenomenon. In calendering, the fabric is folded lengthwise in half with the face side inward, and with the two selvedges running together side by side. To produce moire, ribbed rollers are used, and the ribs produce the watermark effect. The rollers polish the surface and make the fabric smoother and more lustrous."

In simple English, it is a finishing process as a result of which the ikat fabric has a beautiful lustrous  watermarks-like finishing. Please see a photo below.

Word of caution: the finishing will wash off if the fabric is washed. Therefore, dry cleaning is recommended for  ikat fabrics.

Polkadot brown white ikat fabric

Polka dot ikat fabric in brown and white

0 Comments | Posted By UzbekAlive
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