Uzbekistan, Bibi Hanum, Red Ikat Chapan / Kaftan with Pleats
This luxurious kaftan features front and back pleats with pom-poms. It is reversible with beautiful cotton ikat inside. The neckline and sleeves are decorated with hand-woven band. Side pockets. Fabric: 70% silk | 30% cotton hand-woven ikat fabric. Lining: 50% silk and 50% cotton hand-woven ikat fabric. Appoximate length: 110cm | 43″ Dry clean. Approximate dispatch time 2-3 weeks.
Ikat is a dyeing technique used to pattern textiles that employs resist dyeing on the yarns prior to dyeing and weaving the fabric. There are approximately 32 steps in the production of ikat fabric from processing the silk from cocoons, drawing the patterns, dying the threads and weaving it on the loom. Silk textiles were produced in warp-faced plain weave (shoyi) and in satin weave using four needles. Adras fabrics, bahhmal velvets and satin atlas weaves were decorated with patterns known as abr, meaning cloud in Persian.