|This ikat print has a sunny disposition, perfect for a nook with a view. |
Photo via Belle Maison
Ikat is everywhere and frankly, we couldn’t be more thrilled. Known for its vibrant colors and hazy pattern, ikat fabrics employ a centuries old resist dyeing technique that has a long, multi-cultured history with origins in Asia, South America and Central America. The name, “ikat,” is derived from the Indonesian word, “mengikat,” meaning “to bind,” and that is exactly what goes into the arduous process of producing one of the three types of ikat – warp ikat, weft ikat and double ikat.
|Proof that ikat plays well with other patterns|
To create warp ikat, weavers dye the threads that are affixed to the loom (the warp threads), while to make weft ikat, weavers dye the thread that is woven in and out of the threads in the loom (the weft threads). Double ikat entails dyeing both the warp and weft threads and is the most highly prized of the three for the incredible amount of skill it takes to create the intricate patterns.
Stroll on over to our Eclectic Avenue event to see this funky textile in action!