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A talk on Bizarre Silks and Ikat traditions

  • Sarajo 31 Howard Street New York, NY, 10013 United States (map)

A talk on Bizarre Silks and Ikat traditions

Established by Yosi Barzilai in SoHo in 1989, Sarajo is a destination for those in search of exquisite antique textiles and ethnographica.  Culled from the four corners of the earth, the gallery showcases an assortment of over 1,500 one-of-a-kind items.  Over the course of nearly three decades, Sarajo has established itself as a treasured source for designers, collectors and museums.

Join Yosi Barzilai for a talk on Bizarre Silks and Ikat traditions in their Soho store 31 Howard Street on September 27.

Ikat textiles are made by applying a pattern onto a textile by resist dying the yarns before they are woven into the fabric.  A predetermined amount of yarns are tightly wrapped and then dyed in one color.  Then the binding is altered and the yarns are dyed again in a different color.  This process can be repeated several times to produce polychromatic patterns once the dyeing is finished and the yarns are woven into fabric.

Bizarre silks were popular in Italy, France, and England at the end of the 17th century through the beginning of the 18th century. Antique bizarre silk textiles are easily identifiable with their strange asymmetrical design, bold colors, and lavish use of gold and silk threads.  They are woven on a draw loom, with the motifs brocaded in supplementary weft or with floating pattern weft (lampas).


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