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Ikat Extraordinaire

The funny word ikat has been floating around fashion for some time now. The trend is hovering because it has powers — powers deeply rooted in the histories of Central Asia, South America, and beyond. From the runways of Oscar de la Renta and Roberto Cavalli to the celeb-filled sidewalks of LA and New York, ikat appeals to many a stylephile. But it's time to get to know the extraordinary history and process behind the colorful exotic fabric. Textile buffs, this one's for you.

(L-R: Rachel Bilson in a Myne ikat skirt, Oscar de la Renta Resort '09, Roberto Cavalli Fall '08)

Source and Pacific Coast News Online

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