India can be termed as the homeland of myriad fabrics and textiles designed in luminous hues and patterns. One of these many textiles is Ikat – a handwoven fabric whose charm and versatility allows year-round comfort.
This technique of dyeing yarn – and its resulting pattern – has been around for hundreds of years. Ikat comes from the Malaysian word ‘mengikat’ meaning “to tie, bind, or wrap around”. This ancient style of weaving involves using a resist dyeing process, similar to tie-dye where either the weft (left to right) or warp (up and down) yarns are dyed before they are woven on the loom. The resulting patterns sometimes have a “cloudy” or “blurred” appearance that comes from the slight bleeding of the dyes into other areas. Ikat weaving is one of the oldest forms of textile style and is thought to have originated almost simultaneously and independently in several global areas including India, Japan, Mexico and Argentina.
Ikat in fashion does not means apparel sector ikat plays a major role in interior and home furnishing sector also. Ikats are a great way to update your look because they are so bold in pattern and can also, depending on coloration. So remember Ikat the next time you need to add some boldness and style to either your wardrobe, home, attire. It is the perfect way to add an exotic touch to any space, whether it be traditional, modern or somewhere in between.
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