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"IKAT: Splendid Silks from Central Asia"
1999-09-30 until 2000-01-09
The Art Institute of Chicago
USA United States of America
September 30, 1999-January 9, 2000
Elizabeth F. Cheney and Agnes Allerton Textile Galleries
Brilliant, dazzling colors and lively, intricate paterns are indicative of the
cloth-making process known as ikat. Created by repeatedly binding
and dying individual threads before they are woven into a cloth, the
term ikat is now synonymous with the finished textiles themselves.
Produced primarily in the Central Asian cities of Samarkand and
Bukhara-present day Uzbekistan-lusterous ikat fabrics were traded
throughout all of Asia during the 19th century. They were often used as
decorative hangings or as items of clothing for affluent families and the
regional courts. This exhibition features approximately 30 to 40 of the
finest examples of ikats assembled from the Guido Goldman
Collection-the largest and most comprehensive collection of its kind.
IKAT: Splendid Silks from Central Asia is accompanied by a major
catalogue authored by scholars Kate FitzGibbon and Andrew Hale,
whose research in Russia and Uzbekistan helped to make this important
publication winner of the 1997 George Wittenborn Memorial Book
Award as the Best Art Book of the year.
The Chicago installation of IKAT: Splendid Silks from Central Asia is
curated by Christa C. Thurman, The Christa C. Mayer Thurman
Curator of Textiles, The Art Institute of Chicago.