Sunday, June 13, 2010


The Ethnic and Tribal themes return each Spring/Summer.  One beautifully wrought ethnic textile is Ikat fabric.  You can see it in many places in Asia and Africa where they have been produced for hundreds of years.

Museums have beautiful collections. The Victoria & Albert Museum or Kent State University have lovely 19th Century ikat robes from Central Asia:

Victoria & Albert Museum, 19th C Uzbek robe

Christie's, 19th C Uzbek robe

  I think of Ethnic textiles not in terms of fashion trends, but as a distinct Style element in a woman's wardrobe.

If you want to add a dash of exotic to yours, you can do so in small ways.
  • Accessorize with an ikat purse
  • Wind an ikat scarf around you (very popular)
  • Use it in your home, like placemats or pillows
  • Charlotte Russe ikat maxi
  • Pick ikat items up on your travels!
The bohemian look using ikat dresses, like the maxi, has been in shops since last summer.  It can be hippie chic with tribal jewelry.
Slouchy modern look with ikat maxi
Left is a very modern, slouchy take on the look:
  • Top with an unlined blazer with sleeves rolled or pushed up
  • Wind a long scarf around for cool evenings
  • Grab an ikat clutch and go!
Don't be surprised if you resemble a Hollywood starlet in this outfit!

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