Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Giorgio Armani's Take on Ikat

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Armani's gorgeous, tailored ikat jacket
Another international designer, Giorgio Armani, included wondrous silk and velvet ikat  in the "Crossing Colours" collection.

Although the origins of ikat are unknown, it is in Central Asia's Ferghana Valley that this weaving technique, practised and refined for generations, is flourishing.

Ikat differs from tie-dyeing in that the pattens are dyed onto the threads before the fabric is woven. (In tie-dyeing, the fabric is woven first and then the resist bindings are applied to the fabric which is later dyed).

The inclusion of ikat fabrics in haute couture collections seems unstoppable. Perhaps because the variety of patterns and colours are endless and the beauty of ikat silks is mesmerizing.

View a selection of Armani's pieces below. And maybe consider a visit to Uzbekistan, where you can meet Uzbek designers who are creating edgy, contemporary ikat clothes and accessories? Or perhaps have pieces made up to your own design?

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The Story of Uzbek Silk Production: Step by Step 
Oscar de la Renta's Love Affair with Uzbek Ikat
Valentino Haute Couture Meets Suzani
Ikat Porcelain Tableware
Uzbekistan: A Passion for Printing
Samarkand Fashion Show & Uzbek Concert 

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Armani Ready-to-Wear coat






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Armani ikat skirts



 
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Armani ikat stretch knit top