Ikat is an ancient resist-dyeing technique named after a Malay root meaning to tie or to bind. It has been practised for centuries in many parts of the world, but reached its most expressive form in the Indonesian archipelago, where it is as widely differentiated as the languages spoken.
To coincide with the exhibition, “Fibres of Life: Ikat Textiles of the Indonesian Archipelago”, UMAG is offering workshops to explore this mysterious craft. A special session will be held exclusively for members of the Museum Society. Participants will use a weaving handloom to create a simple-design textile and gain insight into the ikat technique by setting up a warp yarn. Ikat is a meticulous craft that involves many hours of attention to details. Please note that due to the limitation of time, it is unlikely that the entire weaving will be completed in the allotted class time.
Members will also enjoy a simple afternoon tea during the break.
Wing-sum Tsui majored in textiles at the Rhode Island School of Design in the United States. She is now working as a designer for a renowned carpet company. During her early career, she worked extensively in dyeing and spinning yarns, weaving on an eight-shaft wooden loom, Dobby loom and the fully computerized Jacquard loom. She also creates artworks on fabric using silk screen printing.