It’s not great to praise an exhibition once it’s finished and no-one else can go, but “World Ikat Textiles … ties that bind” was amazing. I went to see it in June on the final day. The textiles were stunning and included both antique and contemporary cloth from India, China, Japan, South East and Central Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America.
I’ve always loved Japanese designs and the silk ikats from Uzbekistan but had no idea that ikat was woven in Mexico, for example (or that it would remind me so much of Missoni). Some of the contemporary designs were particularly beautiful.
Vintage cotton and silk ikat (Uzbekistan)
Vintage silk ikat (Japan)
Contemporary silk and cotton ikat (Tajikistan)
Contemporary cotton (Indonesia)
Contemporary silk ikat shawl by Arturo Estrada (Mexico)
After a visit to the Fashion and Textile Museum and a talk by Polly Leonard of Selvedge magazine, my head is full of stripes and weaves and grosgrain ribbon. Might be time to experiment with some new styles this weekend.
Here’s a stack of cushions all ready for the Dulwich Festival Artist’s Open House. I’ll be there from 11am to 6pm both Sundays so drop in if you can to 25 Crebor Street to talk textiles and enjoy a glass of wine. Lovely ceramics too from Jane Kelly and plenty of great local artists and makers within easy walking distance.