Central Asia, Uzbekistan,
19th Century, 224 x 133 cm (88 1/4 x 52 1/2 in.)
In addition to garments, silk ikats were made into covers and hangings. The complexity of the pattern is produced entirely during the dyeing process. In contrast, the weaving of the long narrow strips used here is simple. Five loom-widths have been used in a challenging arrangement in which no attempt has been made to introduce symmetry.