Desp1: Ikat Samba

The fabric on these Adidas Sambas are just sweet. Definitely read up on what Desp1 found from Wikipedia explaining the story behind the fabric.

This pair of kicks was made using traditional Ikat material from my country, even tho i was born in Moscow part of my life i spent in Uzbekistan in the Middle East and i consider that my second home. So yea i had some material send to me from Uzbekistan and its traditional waxed woven silk or better known as Ikat. What is Ikat? “Ikat, or Ikkat, is a style of weaving that uses a resist dyeing process similar to tie-dye on either the warp or weft before the threads are woven to create a pattern or design. A Double Ikat is when both the warp and the weft are tie-dyed before weaving. Ikats have been woven in cultures all over the world. In the 19th century, the Silk Road desert oases of Bukhara and Samarkand (in what is now Uzbekistan in Central Asia) were famous for their fine silk Uzbek Ikat. Like any craft or art form, ikats vary widely from country to country and region to region. Designs may have symbolic of ritual meaning or have been developed for export trade. Ikats are often symbols of status, wealth, power and prestige. Perhaps because of the difficulty and time required to make ikats, some cultures believe the cloth is imbued with magical powers.” Taken from Wiki. Sorry to make you read so much but i just think it might interest some people.

So the panels where glued and stitched by hand, the tongues are reversable, heel and stripes are silver with violet outlines, repainted Adidas logo on heels into violet and red to match the lining, 3M toe tab. Enjoy

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