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Pair Vintage Blue Ikat Bowls [Uzbekistan]
Pair Vintage Blue Ikat Bowls [Uzbekistan]
Pair Vintage Blue Ikat Bowls [Uzbekistan]
Pair Vintage Blue Ikat Bowls [Uzbekistan]
Pair Vintage Blue Ikat Bowls [Uzbekistan]
Pair Vintage Blue Ikat Bowls [Uzbekistan]
Pair Vintage Blue Ikat Bowls [Uzbekistan]

Pair Vintage Blue Ikat Bowls [Uzbekistan]

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These bowls were love at first sight when we discovered them on our travels around Uzbekistan. They're meant for eating the national dish called Plov. It's delicious but you can eat whatever you like out of them. Even though these particular ceramics were produced during the Soviet period the bold colour and pattern are a truly unique reflection of the ikat textile found throughout Uzbekistan. From the middle to the end of the 20th century, this hand-painted tableware was part of the everyday Uzbek culture. The fall of the Soviet Union resulted in the closure of the factories responsible for manufacturing these unique ceramics.

THE DETAILS
  • Each bowl is slightly different as the design was sprayed by hand.
  • Used vintage produced around the 1970's
  • Items in good used condition (some loss of gold rim paint).
  • Listing is for 2 matching bowls. 
  • Handwash only
  • Never use in dishwasher or microwave (the gold doesn't like it)
  • Height 7.5cm
  • Diameter 16cm

THE STORY
The Ikat design found on these bowls is one of our favourite textile designs. While ikat textiles are produced around the globe, in Uzbekistan is famous for producing bold colour and designs in local silk and cotton varieties. Today these bold and colourful textiles are primarily produced in the Fergana Valley, Uzbekistan. Once woven by master craftsmen exclusively to clothe royalty and the upper classes. The production was mechanized during Soviet rule to make ikat more accessible to the masses. In recent times a return to traditional techniques and natural dyes is the result of government funded initiatives to revive traditional handcrafts. You know it's something special when the cloth is now produced for fashion companies like Gucci, Oscar de la Renta and Dries van Noten.

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