Uzbek Silk Ikat Pillow the front of this pillow features a handwoven Ikat pattern, made in the traditional style. Rich shades of Blue on an Ivory background. The back is a Ivory cotton blend finished with a hidden zipper. The resurgence in popularity of this pattern makes this ancient textile design feel modern again! This transitional design works with modern or tradtional decor styles.
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DIMENSIONS: 16" W x 24 L *pillow insert sold separately, reccomend overstuffed down blend for a luxurious full look
MATERIAL: 100% Silk handwoven, expect irregularities in color and weave these are not defects but characteristics of this type of weaving.
*We recommend gently dry brush, damp sponge to spot clean or dry clean only as necessary. This item can be hand washed in warm water with a gentle soap, however the fabric may fade up to 15% and shrink by as much as 2-3". Avoid direct sunlight as it will fade this textile over time.
FACTS & HISTORY: In Uzbekistan ikat fabrics are called abr, an originally Persian term meaning cloud. Thus abr-bandi, cloud-tying, refers to the binding technique that gives ikat its characteristic cloud-like pattern. The process of intricately tying off and resist-dyeing the threads is mostly carried out by special ikat masters.
During the Soviet era, at first ikat fabrics were made by hand in craftsmen’s cooperative unions known as artels. These exceptional ikats were eventually supplanted by those produced by the large textile combines established by the Soviets in Uzbekistan during the 1960s and ‘70s. While the patterns were still created manually, machines were already being used to some extent to bind the threads, and eventually the weaving process was completely automated. The combines were also not very diligent in their use of synthetic dyes, and, as a result, many textiles produced between 1970 and 1990 are not colour fast.