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Hand-Woven Adras Ikat

Adras Ikat is a hand-woven fabric produced in Uzbekistan according to ancient methods and traditions. The term "adras" refers to the fabric content which is about 60% silk (warp) and 40% cotton (weft). This blend gives adras its high strenth and density. 

During production, the silk warp threads are looped in 2 meter bundles (skeins) which are then tied off with cotton threads leaving areas either covered or exposed during the dyeing process. The process is repeated with different colors in a pre-determined order which will later dictate the pattern. The threads are then dried and later set up on a foot powered shuttle loom and woven into the design. Because of traditional production process, there will always be some variation in color and texture in each batch of fabric. Every two meters, the pattern reverses direction and there is a blurred line where the pattern ends and begins. The finished fabric is narrow, but it can easily be stitched together for use in larger projects.

                                   

Alo Bahkmal Hand-cut Velvet


Alo Bahkmal velvet weaving is extremely difficult and time-consuming. There are two warp systems, one is undyed and forms the foundation of the fabric, and the other resist-dyed system forms the pile. The resist-dyed thread is substantially longer, and is woven in very precise loops over a wire to create the ikat pattern.  

When several wires have been woven into the fabric, a knife or razor is run along them  to  cut open the loops and free the wires, to create the pile. 

 

 

 

Cloth of Tongues

 

Teixit Vicens is a family-run artisan textile factory founded in 1854 in Pollensa (Mallorca) Spain, and dedicated to the production of typical Majorcan fabrics, traditionally known as "Roba de Llengües" (Cloth of Tongues).

The "Cloth of Tongues" is based on the technique of the ikat. These fabrics are originally from the ancient East, from where they came to Mallorca along the Silk Road.  The old Majorcan ikat is a very versatile and strong fabric that presents the same pattern on both sides.

Teixits Vincens has the privalege to be one of the last places in Europe where you can find the ikat technique in use.  One of the main characteristics of our fabric is it's stregnth since it is made only with natural fibers: 70% cotton & 30% linen.