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Central Asian textiles between technique & phenotype and their application in design of printed upholstery fabrics

Volume 14, Issue 1, January 2016, Pages 151–178

 Central Asian textiles between technique and phenotype and their application in design of printed upholstery fabrics

Rania Elsayed1

1 Textile printing, Dyeing and Finishing Department, Faculty of Applied Arts, Helwan University, Egypt

Original language: English

Received 1 September 2015

Copyright © 2016 ISSR Journals. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


One of the most important features in Central Asia was the Silk Road, which connected China and Europe through Central Asia. Cultural exchanges were made through this network of paths. Religion, technology, textiles, most notably silk, spread from China to the Western world. Central Asia, on which the Silk Road passed, was also greatly affected by the Silk Road. Religion and certain textile weaving skills were transferred. Not only merchants, but also raiders and conquerors followed this path, making Central Asia rather turbulent. This active cultural exchange through the Silk Road enabled Central Asian culture to be culturally diverse, thus making its textiles colorful and intricate in pattern.
In eighth century due to the spread of Islam in the Central Asian countries and its influence by the values of Islamic Art that prohibits the use of human elements and limits the use of animal and birds elements which has had the greatest impact on the spread of the vegetal elements and innovate artistic treatments for them. According to that, the research will investigate Central Asia's textiles history and then introduce an artistic analytical study to compare the vegetal elements in the Central Asian textiles (Suzani-Ikat). After that, the research will attempt to mix between those techniques to create contemporary upholstery designs that carry the originality of Central Asia's textiles.

Author Keywords: Central Asia, Suzani, Ikat, Vegetal elements.

How to Cite this Article

Rania Elsayed, “Central Asian textiles between technique & phenotype and their application in design of printed upholstery fabrics,” International Journal of Innovation and Applied Studies, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 151–178, January 2016.