Binding the Clouds: The Art of Central Asian Ikat

Detail of ikat
Wall hanging (detail), Central Asia, Uzbekistan, Bukhara, 1800-1850. The Textile Museum 2015.11.51. Gift of Guido Goldman in honor of Bruce P. Baganz. Photograph by Neil Greentree.
Through July 9, 2018

Across Central Asia, oasis towns were once awash with the rainbow colors of ikat fabrics. Through exceptional artworks recently donated to the museum, this exhibition focuses on the sophisticated art of dyeing known in this region as abrband (binding the clouds).

Support for the exhibition are related programs and events is generously provided by the Bruce P. and Olive W. Baganz Fund for The Textile Museum Exhibitions and Publications, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Dr. Guido Goldman, Roger and Claire Pratt, and Whiting-Turner.

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Binding the Clouds: The Art of Central Asian Ikat

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