Uzbekistan Silk and Cotton Ikat Envelope Purse
Silk and cotton ikat envelope purse made in Uzbekistan. Hand-spun silk dyed with natural colorants. An ancient technique of wrapping bundles of warp yarns to resist dye color through various emersions, yielding traditional designs of pomegranates, tulips, ram’s horns, scorpions, and spiders that emerge in the weaving process. Called abr-bandi, meaning “cloud-tying” this laborious process yields magnificent textiles. The purse is fully lined with striped silk and cotton fabric called adras and has two interior pockets, one zippered. An antique Uzbeki tassel has been added to the zipper pull. Length is 12” (30cm) by 6” (15cm) width.
Veronica Kaplan, collector, curator and owner of the TOUCHSTONE Collection in Atlanta Georgia. Ronnie creates her unique jewelry assemblages based on inspiration drawn from her extensive inventory of antique and vintage ethnographic jewelry. For over 30 years, authenticity, cultural integrity and aesthetic beauty has been her guiding criteria in travels to source items to buy and sell, and keep for her personal collection. We love having her pieces in our shop. Our simple clothing in solid colors makes a great canvas for art to wear.