Velvet Ikat Fragment, Central Asia, 19th Century, 1’ 3” x 1’6”

An extraordinary example of textile art.  The opulence of life on the Steppes becomes apparent when one realizes these people wore garments composed of such finely woven, colorfully patterned cloths.  

The design seen here incorporates elements of deisgn that are familiar as well as rare, with a primary figure resembling a ‘godess’ image.

The condition is not without some signs of wear (see detail images) but no holes or repairs.  All the colors are derived from natural dyes.

 

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