Ikat Zipper Bag - Large (Design 1)
This striking zipper bag is handmade by Rasuljon and the artists of the Crafts Development Center in Uzbekistan. The traditional ikat design has been a part of ceremonial Uzbek dress for centuries, the modern interpretation of the ikat design makes for a unique storage bag.
Each fabric is the result of a 37-step process that takes a month to create. The bags are made of 50% silk and 50% cotton and are dyed with natural dyes using the traditional ikat method. Rasuljon and the other master weavers draw the designs on the threads and then dye them using a tie-resist dyeing method. Each color change requires removing the ties and rewrapping other sections of the yarn. After dyeing, the master weavers transfer the warp threads to a floor loom where they are handwoven into a beautiful fabric. The fabric is then cut and sewn to make the bags, and the zippered closure is added.
*Note: Slight imperfections, such as noticeable silk slubs and minor color variations, are inherent in this handwoven piece and add to its charm.
Measures approximately 4" x 10".
"I give my soul to the work."-- Rasuljon Mirzaahmedov of Crafts Development Center, Uzbekistan