Length of Velvet

A work made of silk, twill weave with supplementary warp forming cut velvet; pile warp-dyed (ikat).
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  • A work made of silk, twill weave with supplementary warp forming cut velvet; pile warp-dyed (ikat).

Date:

1875/1900

Artist:

Bukhara, Uzbekistan

About this artwork

The tiger-stripe pattern of this velvet is not traditional to Uzbekistan. It may have been inspired by Russian or East Asian designs; in the late nineteenth century imported luxury goods from these regions influenced local design. The technique of dyeing the warp before weaving is called ikat. Creating a velvet in this manner requires a significant amount of planning and skill on the part of the silk thread dyers and the weavers. The production of silk velvet ikat was a specialty of the highly skilled weavers in Bukhara between the late 1860s and about 1910. The luxurious fabric was fashioned into women’s robes as dowry items intended for special occasions such as weddings and funerals.

On View

Textiles, Gallery 50

Title

Length of Velvet

Origin

Uzbekistan

Date

1875–1900

Medium

Silk, twill weave with supplementary warp forming cut velvet; pile warp-dyed (ikat)

Dimensions

134.6 x 39 cm (53 x 13 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Guido Goldman

Reference Number

2005.605

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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