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Fiber Department Serves as Experts on Ikat Traditions

Baltimore Sun Story Gets Picked Up Nationally for Greater Exposure

Posted 02.28.11 by MICA Communications

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Ikat-inspired fabrics by Echo Design for Kravet Collections in Bansuri colors

The Baltimore Sun featured ikat textiles as the newest trend in home décor in a Feb. 26 article. In "Ancient woven fabric makes modern resurgence," Fiber Chair Susie Brandt and faculty member Christina Day are offered as experts on the exotic weaving and dyeing technique that originated centuries ago in Central Asia.

Day and several of her fiber students teamed with the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C., on a six-month exhibition entitled Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats, which ended March 13. They created a 10-minute documentary about the history of the fabric that was used in the exhibit as well as several displays demonstrating the in-depth process of dyeing the pattern.

"Ikat doesn't adhere to our norms," Brandt told the Sun of the process, which involves multiple dye baths of the fibers before they are weaved together to create the pattern. "It takes a long time to make it. It doesn't fit into our ideas of efficiency. But the process makes fabric with amazing color and richness."

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