Power of Pattern: Central Asian Ikats from the David and Elizabeth Reisbord Collection showcases over 40 examples of visually dynamic Central Asian ikat robes and panels, generous gifts from the David and Elizabeth Reisbord Collection. Organized by motif, the publication examines how the region’s textile designers, dyers, and weavers used improvisation and abstraction to create fabrics truly unique to this region. Details of many of the ikat textiles show the intricate dyeing and weaving techniques used.
Central Asia’s textiles are rich with patterns influenced by the various cultures that traveled through or settled along the historic Silk Road. During the 19th and early 20th centuries, the region experienced a renaissance in ikat, a technique where silk threads were bound and resist-dyed before weaving into cloth. The result were vivid patterns comprising blurred, cloud-like juxtapositions of color, called abrbandi (literally “cloud binding”). To create these distinctive textiles, artisans experimented with prevalent motifs in daily life and nature and distilled these shapes into compositions where color and contrast were emphasized.
This book was published in conjunction with the exhibition Power of Pattern: Central Asian Ikats from the David and Elizabeth Reisbord Collection at LACMA from February 3 through July 28, 2019. By Clarissa M. Esguerra.
A short video of the exhibition may be seen on YouTube.
- Glossary of terms
- 112 pages, 8.75 x 11.5 x 0.4 inches
- 64 color illustrations