The Seattle Art Museum is presenting March 9-May 29 an immersive exploration of textiles created in regions around the globe.
The Ikat: A World of Compelling Cloth exhibit will feature more than 100 textiles made from the 12th century to the present, drawn from the museum’s collection and gifts and loans from the Seattle-based collection of David and Marita Paly, a release said.
On view will be kimonos, furnishings, robes, and other cloths from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. The exhibit also will feature a large-scale installation by artists Roman and Chinami Ricketts. Floor-to-ceiling indigo textiles will envelop visitors and enable them to get up close to the intricate texture of the cloth and the smell of the indigo.
“Ikat embodies a commitment to slow and meaningful creation,” said Pamela McClusky, Oliver E. and Pamela F. Cobb Curator of African and Oceanic Art, in a prepared statement. “This exhibition is a rare opportunity to see stunning examples of this art form up close. I’m thrilled to share these works from SAM’s collection and the generous new gifts and loans from the Paly Collection with our visitors; I hope they come away in awe of the artists’ dedication to this intricate process.”