FRAMED VINTAGE IKAT TEXTILE – BLACK / PEACH / RUBY

$195.00

 

SOURCE: FLORES

AGE: APPROXIMATELY 50 years

DIMENSIONS:  19″ WIDE x 16″HIGH

PALETTE: A BLUE/BLACK AND GREY/BLACK GROUND WITH large-scale peach and ruby motifs, AND SMALLER-SCALE indigo, ecru and fig ACCENTS.  IT IS VERY VERY UNUSUAL FOR A PIECE TO INCLUDE seven distinct colours AND INDICATES THAT IT WAS CREATED FOR SOMEBODY OF very high aristocratic rank.  WE SUSPECT THAT THE RUBY RED MAY HAVE BEEN ADDED AFTER THE WEAVING PROCESS WAS FINISHED BUT NONETHELESS IT’S AN incredibly intricate and impressive piece of weaving.  CHECK OUT OUR COLOUR REFERENCE IMAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

MOTIFS: HORIZONTAL BANDS OF HORSES AND groupings of tiny lozenges ARE BORDERED BY VERY NARROW STRIPES FEATURING ikat dots, zigzags and other geometric details.  TWO HUMAN FIGURES ARE CAVORTING TO THE RIGHT OF THE ANIMALS.  HORSES TRADITIONALLY INDICATED ROYAL STATUS, WHICH supports the seven-hues theory above.

TEXTILE DETAILS: THE INDONESIAN WORD ‘ikat’ means to ‘tie’ or ‘bind’, WHICH ALLUDES TO THE INTRICATE AND MASSIVELY LONGWINDED PROCESS OF CREATING THESE INCREDIBLE TEXTILES.  FROM PICKING THE COTTON TO SNIPPING THE FINAL THREAD, a single piece can take upwards of 14 months to create, AND IT’S NOT UNCOMMON TO TAKE SEVERAL YEARS.

THIS VINTAGE FABRIC COMES FROM A TUBE SKIRT, A ‘POU DULA BUNGA’, WHICH IS THE traditional female dress in many parts of indonesia.  TWO IKAT TEXTILES ARE STITCHED TOGETHER TO FORM A LONG NARROW ‘STRAPLESS DRESS’ {IN WESTERN TERMS}, WHICH IS THEN WRAPPED AROUND THE BODY.

THE DYES USED IN THIS TEXTILE ARE 100% natural vegetable dyes.  THE UNUSUALLY DARK SHADE OF BLUE/BLACK AND THE INDIGO COLOUR ARE BOTH FROM THE leaves of the indigo plant, AND WE THINK THAT THE GREY/BLACK HUE GOES THROUGH THE SAME PROCESS BUT IS THEN OVER-DYED WITH TANNIN.  THE PEACH AND RUBY RED SHADES ARE FROM THE bark and roots of the morinda tree, AND THE FIG SHADE IS CREATED THROUGH ‘BELAPIT’: MORINDA OVER-DYED WITH INDIGO.  THE ECRU SHADE OCCURS WHERE THE wrapped pandan leaves prevent the dye from entering the threads.

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FRAME DETAILS: A PINE WOOD FRAME, FINISHED IN BLACK GLOSS AND PAIRED WITH A fine weave black linen backing.  GALLERY GRADE ACRYLIC IS USED TO FRONT OUR ARTWORK, RATHER THAN GLASS, FOR BOTH SAFETY AND PRACTICAL REASONS.  ALL MATERIALS ARE acid-free.

WRINKLES: THE OCCASIONAL WRINKLE OR SUNSPOT THAT SOME OF OUR PIECES HAVE ACQUIRED OVER THE YEARS, AS WELL AS THEIR HANDMADE  QUIRKS, ARE PART OF THEIR one of a kind artisanal charm.  THIS TEXTILE IS VERY OLD AND well used/loved, SO THE COTTON HAS BECOME A LITTLE THIN AND VERY SOFT – WE THINK IT LOOKS PRETTY BRILLIANT AS A PIECE OF ART HOWEVER!

DESIGN TIPS: PERFECT FOR ADDING A dramatic splash of black TO A MORE MASCULINE SPACE, WE SEE THIS TEXTILE COMBINED WITH PLENTY OF BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY AND MAYBE A framed papuan shell necklace {GO ON, TAKE A PEEK}.

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