Posted by David R.E. Hunt on 05-22-2005 02:25 AM:


Greetings All

In the interest of brevity I am not going to reiterate in detail that which we have already discussed, aside from a mention of Phill Slattery and John McKane's More Palas Pictures , with it's account of the Turkmen palas and it's use in Central Asia, and The Lattice thread, where in the "Concluding Remarks" post I have placed my summation.

But for now, let's close with a brief pictoral inquiry into the ikat pattern and it's relationship to the Turkmen gul.

The above ikat sample is from pg.91 of "Between Black Desert and Red" and accompanied by the following caption, courtesy of Pinner and Eiland.

"Ikats of this type, probably woven by Uzbeks in urban centers such ad Bukhara, were the source of similar designs used by the Ersari."

As such are the following.

All three of the above, and the rest below, are courtesy of "Between Black Desert and Red".

Notice the variations in treatment of the centers below.

This silk ikat garment from an exhibition review by Wendel R. Swan, Ikats: Good As Goldman

Telling, the duplicity of these "C" shaped elements in both the ikat robe and the Yomud variants below.

Interesting that the number of serrations of this "C Kepse" or"serrated C" gul equals those of the hooks on the dyrnak below. But even more important, the reciprocal treatment of color,

and how it relates to the more traditional Turkmen tauk nauska gul below.

Notice the similarities between this tauk nauska gul and the following ikat design, from the chuval depicted above. Where we see negative space in the ikat, we see in these same said areas of the Yomud an opportunity for the banner device, and in the place of these paired diamonds we see the animal motives. And let us not forget the reciprocal use of color in this chuval.

Does this belong here as well?

"It's exremely varied patterns range from simple stripes to zigzag patterns through curved lines, to hooks, "cloudband" and circular ornamentation, classic Islamic motifs such as combinations of stars and crosses, reminescent of Seljuk tiling, realistic and abstract human figures and trees of life." - Kalter, on ikat from "Arts and Crafts of Turkestan"

"Some patterns have many strands in the cloth that are all dyed the same way which creates a blocky design. In some weaving traditions each strand of the cloth may be dyed differently from the ones next to it. Usually the pattern repeats in symmetrical or asymmetrical ways." - Wikipedia, on ikat