Besides the patola of Patan in Gujarat, ikats such as the Vichitrapuri sari of Sambalpur, Odisha, the Pochampally saris and telia rumal from Chirala and Puttapaka in Andhra Pradesh, the pua kumbu of the Iban people in Sarawak, Malaysia, the mudmee holle of Thailand and Cambodia, the sayan with ikat stripes worn by Yoruba people in Nigeria, the powerful ikat undergarment of the Fulani nomadic herders of Benin, and the ikat of Guatemala--each of these is not just an expression of a people, but in many ways representative of their inner secret life.
In the islands of Indonesia the women inherited the family ikats, and when they moved to.
The Benuaq Dayak weave ikat textiles using the fibers of the doyo, or Curculigo latifolia, plant.
Photo 26 depicts a crocodile on an ikat fabric which is a symbol of the protective juata water spirits.
He explained: "Though the old Indonesian ikats are fabulous, and I admire those from Thailand, India and Guatemala, my favourites are Uzbek, because the variety of design and sophistication of finish are so much more evident than from anywhere else.
The unhappy situation has been reached too that there are few antique ikats left in Uzbekistan, so the government has wisely placed restrictions on their export, with people being searched for them as they leave.
Handwoven ofjute in India, it's "a sophisticated introduction of natural weaves," in such designs as suzani, ikat and geometric.
Other designs included Bengal, a jute handwoven rug in three colorways, and Bali and Java, handknotted jute products with ikat designs.
It is created through color and weave, including textural ikats
, at Covington; in laundered cotton jacquards at Portfolio; in apparel-inspired suiting at Valdese; and multicolored tweeds, boucles and chenilles at Swavelle/Mill Creek.
designs continue to thrive, and were seen everywhere, including Jaipur's Barcelona collection, Surya's Matmi collection and Safavieh's Indian Sojourn collection with designer David Easton.
Retailers that come to the New York Home Fashions Market "tell us they are looking for better quality and fashion from Safavieh," said Arash Yaraghi, principal, and the new Bergama ikats
fill that need.
Ethnic styling reflected Near and Far Eastern influences this market, with a wide range of ikats
, Jacobeans and textureds inspired by Morocco, India and Indonesia.