An exhibition “All the Colors of the Rainbow” is taking place at Birmingham Museum of Art, which is located in Alabama (United States). The exhibition presents a collection of ikat products, created in the 19th century in Uzbekistan.
According to Uzbektourism, all the Colors of the Rainbow presents a vivid collection of ikat garments created in Uzbekistan in the 19th century, comprising robes, shoes, hats, bags, and even jewelry.
Ikat is a complex dyeing technique used to pattern textiles by employing a resist dyeing process similar to tie-dye, and the resulting cloth is often made into garments using a varied combination of colors. The word ikat (pronounced ‘ee-KAHT’) comes from the Malaysian word “menjikat” meaning to tie.
The technique developed independently in several parts of the world, namely South America, Japan, Indonesia, India, and western Central Asia.