Contrary to popular belief, the term Ikat doesn’t refer to a pattern but to a dying technique which came from Indonesia during the VIth century.
During the manufacturing of the ikat the threads are first died one colour after the other, the parts which shouldn’t get the dye having been bandaged prior to the dying process.
The patter is prepared on segments of threads on a 200m long fabric base. Colour after colour, the threads will be dipped into the different shades, and the parts which shouldn’t be died are carefully “closed”.
Therefore, even before the weaving process the final pattern of the fabric is visible on the silk threads. Once the threads are set next to one another the weaving work can start.
All the fabrics I personally chose are Khan-Atlas ikats, the name of the silk and cotton quality. They are all hand-made in Margilan, down in the Fergana valley, following the oldest Uzbek ikat tradition.
Each of our Khan-Atlas shows a typically Central-Asian moiré-effect. The pieces of cloth are pressed several times under heavy metal rolls: on parts of the fabric appears a specific shiny and matt contrast which made the silk moire most popular in Europe ever since the XVth century.
Each shirt of ours is a unique piece sown in our Tachkent studio and our seamstresses rediscover each time their heritage. Our fabrics are hand-made, the colours are natural and some very small defects may appear in the weft, a proof of a non-industrial work. Therefore we beg you to cherish each shirt and not “bully” the fabric.
It is highly recommended to dry-clean the shirts.
You may however machine-wash most of the shirts on the 30° or cold delicate program with a specific cleaning product meant for delicate fabrics. This doesn’t apply to shirts with any green tone which may run out.
In any case, machine- or hand-washing the shirts will make the moiré-effect fade away.
All our fabrics are woven in Margilan, in the Fergana valley, according to the oldest Uzbek tradition.
JOVE exclusively chooses Uzbek cottons respectful of the environment and silks from small local producers.
We have instantly be charmed by the friendly and talented Gulchehkra Yunusuva. Thanks to the enthusiasm and know-how of her seamstresses, our collection is in the best possible hands and very respectful of their work.