The World Crafts Council and the World Crafts Council Asia Pacific present an unprecedented cross cultural exhibition celebrating the rich legacy of Ikat, an age old textile technique stretching across the continents of the world. This unique collection brings together an array of some of the priceless pieces of “IKAT” with live demonstrations by master weavers, a Symposium, films, and book display.
The exhibition of over 200 items of unique ikat textiles include from the Asia-Pacific ( Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, India, China, Japan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan),Latin America (eg Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina), Middle East (Turkey, Syria, Egypt, Iran and Yemen), West Africa (Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Ghana), Europe ( Spain, Italy).
Ikat is a specialized dyeing technique applied to pattern textiles that employs a resist dyeing process similar to tie-dye on either the warp or weft fibres prior to dyeing. It is distinctly labour intensive and known the world over for its supreme precision and masterly craftsmanship.
The ‘World Ikat Textiles –Ties That Bind’ Exhibition In London
Venue: Brunei Gallery, 10 Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, School of Oriental and African Studies (next to British Museum)
Exhibits: 200 pieces of Ikat textiles (Old and New)
Thursday 14 April: Opening of Exhibition with Focal Lobby display on “mud-mee” Ikat Textiles of Thailand.
Friday 13 May: Focal Lobby Display changes to Indian Ikat textiles with emphasis on “Patola” double Ikat textiles of Patan, Gujarat.
Saturday 14 & Sun 15 May: Symposium in SOAS Lecture Theatre on “Ikat Textiles-Ties That Bind (Past, Present and Future)”
Thursday 9 June: Focal Lobby Display changes to Central Asian Ikat Textiles with supporting event.
Sunday 26 June: Exhibition ends.
More info: World Ikat Textiles Exhibition