Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats

Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats

Young Adults Robe, possibly 1870s, photo courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.


Sundays, 12:15-7 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Continues through June 3 2017
Free to $15

Location Info:

Museum of Fine Arts Houston
1001 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX  77005
Forget iPads, iPhones and iWhatevers. This spring it's time to eschew the digital and embrace the textural robes and panels in "Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats." The exhibit – coming to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston – contains almost 50 garments for men and women produced in the 1800s in the weaving centers of Uzbekistan, Bukhara, Samarkand and the Fergana Valley. These colorful dresses, trousers and wall-hangings are not for wallflowers; their eye-catching designs and dazzling colors guarantee any wearer will be top peacock. The curators have supplemented the exhibit with historical photographs that help tell the story of these bold garments worn by all classes and religions in marketplaces, private homes and places of worship and ceremony. The "ikat" technique is one of the most difficult to execute – various sections of the yarn are treated to resist the dye bath – and it takes meticulous planning (and mad math skills) to execute the highly complicated and multicolored compositions.


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