Textiles With a Twist
a cue from nature, where all is in harmony. Varied textures, especially
those from outdoors, shape a soothing space and infuse it with interest.
Sometimes texture can suggest temperature: smooth and soft textures
give a cool impression; shiny and raised textures convey a sense of
warmth. Use these attributes to create different effects. Displays
combining fabrics or finishes of very different temperatures can be
visually engaging; using textures of similar temperatures brings a
sense of quiet harmony to a room.
The woven textiles
of Southeast Asia are known generically as Ikat, from the Malay word
for "to tie" or "to bind". This refers to the
technique of binding the treads before dyeing, in order to produce
elaborate designs in the weave. Older, traditional Ikat comes in a
subtle variety of colours from natural dyes made from flowers, trees,
roots, berries and even insects' newer and mass-produced Ikat's reflect
the range for commercial dyes available, from bold neon's to shy pastels.
Old or new, Ikat may be made of natural fibers such as cotton, linen
or silk, or synthetic yarns-and each may take months to complete.
comes in all shapes and sizes, from items for daily use, to shawls,
blankets and wall hangings used at ritual events and life-cycle festivities.
Some are exchanged as a type of bride price, some are used to wrap
the sick or the vulnerable, especially during rites of passage such
as tooth-filing, circumcision, birth, marriage or death.
The world of nature
is reflected in representations of birds, horses and riders, deer,
elephants, buffalo-which are often also seen as couriers of the human
spirit to the after-life. Fertility symbols, symbols of power, protective
inscriptions in Arabic script, all can form part of the glorious kaleidoscope
of colour and design that is Ikat. Ikat is available in greater Southeast
Asia. India, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia and Bangladesh
also have this glamourous fabric weaving. Ikat is historically one
of India's most successful exports to Asia. Orissa and Gujarat are
the heart place of Ikat.
Put to imaginative
use, everyday materials can become provocative additions. Soft accessories:
Pillows, throws, and other soft accessories encourage you to settle
in and stay awhile. Choose colors and textures that complement your
living room's existing furniture, upholstery, and slipcovers. Try
to use local handloom, khoddor, silk, motka, batik print, Muslim or
may be Ikat. You can easily change soft accessories to add accents
of color and texture to a room. Ikat can be hung on a wall, thrown
across a favorite chair or used to curl up in while you dream of exotic
destinations. Thinner pieces make delightful curtains, table runners
or tablecloths, and thicker pieces can be used as a unique throw rug.
Fabric is a key-point of a residence interior. Our focus is, how can
we use Ikat-a gorgeous traditional texture in our residence.
to dress a sofa, center table, bed and wall covering: Use throws and
pillows in different textures and colors to transform your sofa. Changing
a sofa's soft accessories is a quick and easy way to change the whole
atmosphere of a living room. Warm up the room; we can use heavier
textures-Ikat printed fabric in our sofa set and a refreshing blind
of brightly colour Ikat-pillows cushions. Fabrics in neutral colors
can work year-round; whites and creams can be dressed up or down in
almost any surrounding. Mix the sizes, materials, and shapes of pillows
and throws to reinvent the look of your living room as the mood strikes
A simple center
table can turn eye-catching when Malaysian shawls are used as a covering
top. Orissa Ikat printed bed covers come in a wealth of patterns and
colours. They can easily turn your room bright and welcoming. Comilla's
Ikat printed saris are lovely, bright and smart looking. These local
textiles in gorgeous combinations of shades of red and black can be
ideal as wall coverings, lending a dramatic view to an ordinary window.
So use the Ikat
and your imagination, and add a little razzle-dazzle to your rooms!
Nazneen Haque Mimi
For further details, contact: Journeym@citechco.net
Photo Credit: Hasan Saifuddin Chandan