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apparel yardage

Date: 1970 - 1972
Country: Turkey
Continent: Asia
Technique: ikat, resist dyed, weaving
Material: cotton, rayon
Dimensions: 98 x 25 in. (249 x 63 cm)
Credit: Gift of Mr. John & Dr. Ruth C. Morrissey
Accession Number: 1992.08.208

Comments: The ikat pattern used here looks very similar to ikat pattern of 'atlas' satins called 'lisan al-asfur' or 'birds tongues' from Syria (Weir 38).  Length of shiny red satin weave apparel yardage, with evenly spaced narrow black stripes across width and yellow warp ikat patterning.  Tall and narrow ikat zigzags go in periodic bands across width, and are spaced out so that peaks fit between stripes.  Additional yellow dashes go down the center of each black stripe.  Weft is white cotton, though it is almost completely invisible on top side.

Bibliography List
This object has the following bibliographic references:
  • Shelagh Weir. Palestinian Costume. University of Texas Press. Austin, TX , 1989. Page Number: 37-38.
  • Gillow, John and Bryan Sentance. World Textiles: A Visual Guide to Traditional Techniques. Thames and Hudson. London , 1999. Page Number: 74-75.

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