The Silk Road was once the source for much of the world’s luxury goods, from precious stones and jewels, to spices, gold and ivory. Not to mention, textiles. The stunning ikat fabrics awash in bold colors and vibrant patterns simply awed traders back in the day. From the moment material traveled west, ikat became a major influence on the design world and still does today.
The textiles from Uzbekistan are especially alluring. Thousands of individual threads are tie-dyed in intricate patterns, then untied and woven into fabric on very narrow looms. The finished material is so elaborate that designs are often mistaken for prints. The dazzling patterns have since woven their way into many facets of design and fashion, such as bedding, linens, curtains, porcelain, clothing and upholstered furniture.
Jude has long been awed by these Uzbeki gems, especially ikats made from silk and silk/velvet. Through Found Object, she has created pieces that take full advantage of the wonderful colors and patterns.
Jude and Salvo typically purchase fabric in Turkey from suitcase wielding couriers who they encounter by way of their vast connections. The material is then shipped to the Bronx where workers sew the patterns together to make pillows, cube ottomans and totes. The process is not simple due to width limitations, especially when crafting larger pieces.
On one family visit to Turkey, the luxurious fabrics were even a hit with Indi, Salvo and Leslie’s two-year old daughter. The trio plus Jude were brought to buyers on the outskirts of Istanbul. In a small building, they passed through room after room until finally they hit on the mother lode – a space full of material exploding in color. Intoxicated by the visual overload, Indi jumped from pile to pile, beaming with delight.
Revel in the world of ikat at our upcoming sales:
ikat and leather bags on Fab.com, starting June 11th
ikat silk and velvet pillows on RueLaLa.com, starting June 20th
ikat silk pillow collection on Fab.com, starting June 30th
ikat silk pillows on Gilt.com, starting June 30th
Our recent vintage ikat porcelain sale was a huge hit and pieces sold out quickly!