Coming from the Malaysian word for “to tie,” ikats are made by meticulously tying and coloring threads before they are woven into vibrant textiles. This show delves into the historical uses of ikats and explores their enduring appeal in contemporary design. More than two dozen historical ikat coats and decorative pieces from Central Asia will be on display, along with seven couture creations by the late Oscar de la Renta, whose initial use of ikats in 2005 sparked a surge in their popularity.
To Dye For: Ikats from Central Asia
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April 16, 2018 – July 29, 2018 all-day
FREER | SACKLER