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Textile

1855 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Textile, cotton warp ikat. Ikat technique is the process of binding threads to resist dye prior to weaving the fabric.


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Materials and Techniques
Cotton warp ikat
Brief Description
Cotton warp ikat textile, Tamil Nadu, 1855
Physical Description
Textile, cotton warp ikat. Ikat technique is the process of binding threads to resist dye prior to weaving the fabric.
Dimensions
  • Length: 289cm
  • Width: 88cm
Object history
Ikat is a type of weaving where the threads are tie-dyed before weaving to create designs on the finished fabric. The dyeing process begins with binding the resist areas with impermeable yarn or rubber bands. The precision of the wrapping determines the clarity of the design. After wrapping, the threads are dyed, but the areas under the ties retain their original colour. Numerous colours can be added after additional wrappings. When the dyeing process is complete, the warp threads are meticulously arranged on the loom to prepare the design. The natural movement during weaving gives ikat designs their characteristic feathered edge. Techniques with matching patterns on warp and weft are called double ikat.
Bibliographic Reference
Indian ikat textiles / Rosemary Crill. London: V&A Publications, 1998 Number: 1851772421p.79, pl. 62
Collection
Accession Number
8374(IS)

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record createdMarch 26, 2003
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