Just kidding, there’s no big story... But there is a lot of fabric. I went on a trip with other Embassy people to a region that has ‘the best’ pottery and ikat fabric. Since I’m on my way out, I’ve been buying ALL THE THINGS. All of these are hand dyed, but I think only a few are hand woven. The fabric here had much more modern patterns than what I can find in Tashkent fabric places. I don’t know what I want to get made from them, but if you have any ideas, I’m all ears..
And now to the fabrics. I could give you a huge symposium on the types of ikat, how it’s made, etc etc... But I’ll just do pics of the final products instead.
The first ones are cotton and the last 3 pics are the silk. I included a size comparison of the width that we can get locally vs what this particular factory is producing. They still do a lot by hand, but they’re doing wider widths.