Costume and Textiles
Loom LengthMade in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Asia
Early 20th century
Artist/maker unknown, Samarkand
Silk plain weave, ikat dyed
Currently not on view
1939-1-10Gift of Mrs. George W. Childs Drexel, 1939
LabelThis example of an ikat (resist-dyed) silk features the stylized form of an oversized pomegranate sliced in half and a branch laden with the whole fruit. Such fabrics were used as wall hangings and made into clothing. The production of ikat textiles developed within the urban centers of Central Asia as they required a variety of specialized craftsmen to complete the various stages. Although women cultivated silkworms and made the silk threads, it was the men who designed, dyed, and wove the fabrics.