Ikat Fabric

Uzbek natural silk ikat, $24.99 for 16.5 x 120 inches, ebay.com.

I’m a big fan of ikat pillows but I’m not such a fan of the high prices many retailers charge to your hands on the real thing. The silk textile is handmade and imported from Uzbekistan. Ikats are made on large looms but typically are only 16-18 inches wide. Many US retailers piece together the ikat to create a larger width desirable for home accessories. The process is costly and labor intensive.

I’ve decided to take a stab at making my own. I found three shops online that sell silk ikats. I never ordered from any of these retailers so I can’t really back their integrity. I ordered a few pieces from each one and I should receive the textiles in a few weeks. I’ll let you all know how it goes and what I think.

Three shops I choose:
stores.ebay.com/AntiquarianTextiles
www.uzbek-craft.com
www.uzbekalive.com

Uzbek natural silk ikat, $24.99 for 16.5 x 120 inches, ebay.com.


Uzbeck silk ikat, $79 for 18 x 200 inches, uzbek-craft.com.


Uzbeck silk ikat, $63.20 for 18 x 200 inches, uzbek-craft.com.


Uzbeck silk ikat, $51.35 for 18 x 200 inches, uzbek-craft.com.

Lilac ikat adras fabric, $24.99 for 1 meter, uzbeckalive.com.


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5 Comments

  1. 11/09/08 Did you ever receive your Ikat fabric? How was the quality as I ordered from one of the sites and am waiting to see. I'm going to try their Suzanis next but was curious if the quality was good. Claudia

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  2. The real thing I believe doesn't come any larger. The are a lot fabric companies that make ikat inspired fabrics that do come in wider sizes suitable for ottoman.

    katy

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  3. Hi Katy- Great blog. I just found you on google while I was looking for fabric from Uzbekistan myself! I am obsessed with ikat fabric and I agree that is hard to find fabric and home goods at a reasonable price.I am an art director for a textile design studio in the garment district and am eager to start a little side business in making ikat pillow covers. Good luck with your project.

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