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Art / Craft | Shinjuku

Ikat Textiles From the World

Across the world, ikat, resist-dyeing yarn before it is woven into a fabric, is one of the most practiced techniques of patterning textiles. There are three ways to produce ikat: warp ikat — dyeing lengthwise yarn; weft ikat — dyeing transverse yarn; and double ikat — dyeing both warp and weft.

This exhibition presents a world tour of ikat textiles, showcasing characteristics unique to different regions across the globe through examples from 20 countries in Asia, Europe and Africa. Works on display include a traditional Uzbek khalat (wrap-over silk coat) from the early 20th century; late Meiji Era (1868-1912) bedclothes for Japanese-style mattresses; a 1925 woman's traditional costume from Jordan; and a traditional French day dress from the 1860s. (Yukari Tanaka)