While in Istanbul last week, everywhere I went I saw these beautiful cushions made of Uzbekistani Ikat. Ikat is a dyeing technique used to pattern textiles that employs a dyeing process similar to tie-dye. If you are like me and think tie-dye equals the three Hs (hippie, hemp and hash) think again, because these fabrics are really beautiful. I looked into getting some cushions for Callixto but everything I found was ludicrously expensive. At the top of the range was Yastik by Rifat Ozbek who has some really beautiful cushions but at 150 USD each I found it way to expensive. I looked and looked but couldn't find anything that was reasonably priced.. and then....Lady Luck finally decided to give me a hand and I found this little hole in the wall that sold Ikat material by the meter. Hurrah! I have no idea where I will have the cushions made but it was a start at least!
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