University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
School of Architecture College of Design

Global Technique, Local Pattern: Ikat Textiles


Global Technique, Local Pattern: Ikat Textiles


January 28 – May 14, 2017


Co-Curators:  Jean McElvain and Mary Alice Chaney

Ikat patterns are both intricate and bold. The feathered edges of the pattern simultaneously expose its hand-crafted nature and the deft skill required to create it. Ikat is a Malay-Indonesian word that means to tie or to bind. In Uzbekistan, these textiles are referred to as abr, which translates to cloud, referencing the soft edges of pattern.

The expertise and time that ikat requires makes it a textile that is both admired and mysterious in today’s world of mass produced yardage. Ikat is deeply ingrained in cultural heritage in locations all over the world. In India, for example, ikat is used for basic cotton garments, as well as for the most luxurious silk saris.  Central Asian ikat patterns, which are typically larger in scale than the south, date back to the days of Genghis Khan. Textiles from locations such as Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Uzbekistan, Japan and the South American Andes will also be on exhibit.



Goldstein Museum Press Release

Midwest Home: Goldstein Museum of Design Celebrates Ikat

Evensi: Global Technique, Local Pattern: Ikat Textiles Opening Party

Surface Design Journal: Review by Anupama Pasricha



An image of Gallery 241 in McNeal Hall with the full Ikat exhibit on display.

Bedazzled by Ikat textiles, visitors wander through gallery 241.People places and things. All of these are common to the Goldstein Museum of Design's Ikat Textiles exhibit.

The gallery itself sparkles like a jewel, as brightly coloured Ikat textiles drape from wall to wall.


Contact Information

Goldstein Museum of Design

364 McNeal Hall,

1985 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108

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