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Discover how ordinary threads can become the basis of an interesting pattern in ikat weaving.

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In Central Asia, decorative weaving and textiles have existed since the 4th-5th centuries BC, including ikat weaving. The word ikat refers to a fabric that is patterned by binding the warp threads to resist dye before weaving. Although ikat has been made in many parts of the world, the ikat woven in Uzbekistan is particularly noted for its vibrant colors and explosive patterns. In our class we will explore a wide range of patterns from the 18th-19th centuries. As the week progresses, we will move to intermediate level techniques such as creating patterns that are designed and drawn on the stretched warp threads. Naturally dyed cotton, wool and silk threads will be combined on the loom to weave half-wool, half silk fabrics. Fabric created in our classes can be used for such items as clothing, blanket and quilts, curtains, bed cover or summer tents.

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Fazlitdin Dadajanov is a fourth-generation ikat weaver. He worked at the “EDGORLIK” Silk Factory in Margilan. Later he organized a home-based production workshop for silk fabric production using 18-19th century technology. All of the fabric made by the Fazlitdin family is dyed with natural dyes made from minerals and herbs. Dadajanov has participated in many exhibitions and received several awards. In 2004 he took part in the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market in the USA. In 2005, he participated in craft exhibition in Washington DC, USA.

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