Global Technique, Local Pattern: Ikat Textiles

Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., and Sun. from Jan. 27-May 14
Time Varies
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You may have seen the word “ikat” (to describe the distinctive pattern on rugs, clothing, bags, and other textile products); you’ve seen the pattern (bold, colorful geometrics, rows of bright rich color juxtaposed to create vivid palettes). Not to be dismissed as hippie chic, ikat (from the Malay-Indonesian word for “to tie” or “bind”) is a fabric made using a decorative technique in which warp or weft threads, or both, are tie-dyed before weaving. Note the feathered edges: They expose the handcrafted aspects of the fabrics as well as the skill required to achieve the intricate colors and patterns. In this exhibition at the Goldstein Museum of Design, garments and textiles from Thailand, Cambodia, Uzbekistan, Japan, the South American Andes, and Indonesia will be displayed. In Gallery 241.