IKAT THROW – INDIGO / ICE BLUE

$150.00

 

SOURCE: SUMBA

AGE: contemporary

DIMENSIONS: 37″ x 87″

COMPRISING: FABRIC: 100% COTTON; TAPE: 100% COTTON

PALETTE: A deep rich indigo ground INCORPORATING ice blue patterns AND cornflower blue accents.

MOTIFS: THE MAIN FIELD FEATURES A PATTERN INSPIRED BY ancient indian patola trade-cloths, FIRST BROUGHT TO THE ARCHIPELAGO IN THE HOLDS OF THE PORTUGUESE MERCHANT SHIPS THAT plied these waters trading spices.  A NARROW BAND AT EACH END OF THE THROW FEATURES UPSTANDING PAIRS OF LIONS {ERR OR THEY might be dragons…YUP DEFINITELY COULD BE DRAGONS}, A MOTIF THAT ARRIVED IN SUMBA ALONG WITH THE DUTCH COLONISTS.

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.

WOVEN ON A backstrap loom, THIS THROW IS MADE UP OF two narrow ikats STITCHED TOGETHER, WITH patterned tape AND raw fringe AT BOTH ENDS.  BECAUSE OF THE UNIQUE PROCESS USED TO WEAVE IKAT TEXTILES, THE MOTIFS SHOW ON both the face and backing OF THE THROW IDENTICALLY.

THE DYES USED IN THIS THROW ARE 100% natural vegetable dyes.  THE TWO DARKER SHADES OF BLUE BOTH COME FROM THE leaves of the indigo plant.  THE AMOUNT OF TIME THE THREADS ARE STEEPED IN THE DYE DETERMINE THE DEPTH OF THE BLUE THEY COME OUT WITH.  THE ice blue shade OCCURS WHERE THE WRAPPED PANDAN LEAVES PREVENT THE DYE FROM ENTERING THE THREADS, AND THEN THE indigo dye slightly leaches into the blank space.

FOR more information ON / GRATUITOUS IKAT PHOTOS OF SUMBA GOODIES, CLICK THROUGH {HERE} TO DEMAND AUTHENTICITY.

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.  THE HAND-SPUN COTTON THAT THIS THROW IS MADE OUT OF LEAVES A FEW VERY small nubby sections IN THE WEAVE, BUT WE THINK THEY ADD TO ITS CHARACTER – PLEASE ZOOM IN TO THE PHOTOS FOR MORE INFORMATION.

DESIGN TIPS: THROW IT OVER A TAUPE, GREY OR WHITE SOFA, USE IT TO cozy up your bedding OR EVEN HAVE A PICNIC ON IT {BUT don’t spill your hoummous}.

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