Last year, some of you were very helpful about interpretation of few ikats from our collection. Today, I am very happy to inform you about our project Ikats, tissus de vie, un voyage de l'Orient à l'Occident
. (Ikats, cloths of life, a trip from Esat to West). It consists of a book just released and an exhibition which will be shown in 4 places in France, from May 2017 to December 2019. In attachment you find the flyer about this project. This project will be launched at the Quai Branly Museum in Paris, on the June 16th, from 19:00 to 20:30, at the Salon Jacques Kerchache meeting place.
Book and exhibition follow the same route. The trip starts with the exploration of traditional societies of South-East Asia, the Toba-Batak of Sumatra, the Iban of Sarawak, and the societies of Flores and Sumba… As we interest ourselves in each of these societies, as well as their ikats, the book explores the myths of the world’s creation in relation to the textile and the major life rituals where the ikat plays a key role. The textile, here, is experienced as a feminine and fertile pole, which combines with the ritual violence of men, such as headhunting.
From the Central Asia oasis to Iran and in former time Yemen and Syria, Islam transformed the ikat in a precious good. These magnificent silks cover the bodies, a shimmering veil like that of the glazed ceramics of mosques. Japan adopted ikat from the 16th century to create delicate figures, an echo of the ephemeral beauty of the floating world
. In France, from the 16th century too, the silk makers of Lyon start using the Chiné à la branche
, a technique once believed to originate from China. In the 18th century, it becomes fashionable amongst the powerful of the kingdom, while another simpler ikat, inspired by the Siam fabrics, spreads in the countryside under the name of flammé
For more information, you can visit our web site http://www.parole-et-patrimoine/ikats/
, where it is possible to download a free part of the book. It is available in some bookshops in France, but also online with secured payment, on the Parole & Patrimoine web site, at http://parole-et-patrimoine.org/portail ... des-livres
: we send it quickly, with cheap international shipping.
Thank you very much for your interest.