With its brilliant patterns and vibrant colors Uzbekistan’s ikat fabrics have attracted the attention of the artists, designers, textile specialists and museums worldwide. Much of the attention also comes due to ikat fabric being complicated in its production. The word ikat comes from the Malay word ‘mengikat’ meaning ‘to tie’. The actual word used in Uzbekistan is ‘abrbandi’ translating ‘binding the clouds’. The production of the ikat fabric is complicated involving over 30 steps. The general method before weaving is where parts of the warp or weft yarns are bound to resist dye penetration.
The exhibition consisted of thirty ikat wall hangings and garments that were donated by the collector Guido Guildman. The exhibition had also featured iconic Oscar de la Renta pieces that were either made out of ikat or included ikat motifs. Oscar de la Renta
Muhayo Alieva, the founder of Bibi Hanum brand had the honor to talk about the contemporary ikat designs with the audience at the Freer Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution as part of the featured exhibition To Dye For: Ikats of Central Asia. The presentation included brief background history of ikat and costume continuing with the ikat production process.
Read the article about the exhibition on the Washington Post and Smithsonian Magazine.