Textile, dupatta ikat, wool / cotton blend, maker unknown, Orissa, India, 1953-2001
This textile, possibly a sari, is a fine example of the ikat tie-dyeing technique practised by the people of Orissa, India. Ikat is a popular technique in this region, characterised by bright colours (normally black, red, green, white and yellow) and design motifs of animals and birds, fish, flowers and temple spires.
This particular ikat textile forms part of an extensive collection of textiles, dress and handiwork assembled from 1953 to 2001 by Mrs Helen McLeod Crocker, traveller and collector. Almost thirty countries are represented in the collection including Afghanistan, Australia, Bali, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Central America, Central Asia, China, Europe, India, Japan, Kenya, Lao, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Salvador, Somalia, South America, Syria, Thailand, The Ivory Coast, Turkey and Yemen. Helen was very selective in the objects she acquired and the inspiration for her collection originated from her desire to preserve the true essence of the societies she encountered.
This textile was made in Orissa, India, between 1953-2001.
The pattern on this silk ikat textile length has been created by tie-dyeing the warp and weft threads while they are still on the loom.