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Ikat Pillows: By Master Craftsman Rasuljon

We are not sure if it is the beautiful blurry lines of the ikat Ikat pillows cushionspillows or the exquisite craftsmanship of Rasuljon that we like more.

Rasuljon Mirzaahmedov is an award winning master craftsman and a fifth generation Ikat weaver from the Fergana Valley in Uzbekistan. Not too far from the Kyrgyz border is his UNESCO sponsored workshop where he works with over 50 artisans who are masters of the complex tying, colouring and weaving technique of producing the gorgeous Ikat fabric. It has been used by many international designer and brands to make everything from cushions and Ikat pillows to wall art and fashion garments.

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Hand Block Printing: The Perfectly Imperfect Art

The traditional Indian art of hand block printing has been around for centuries. But isn’t it fascinating how much in vogue it still is? And why wouldn’t it be? It is perfectly imperfect. How you ask?

Indian bock print quilt

 

A design is transferred onto a wooden block. The wooden block is then hand carved by a skilled artisan. The finished block is then dipped in dye and imprinted on a stretched fabric. The artist repeats this step to make succeeding impressions in different colours and patters.

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