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Definition: Ikat

You’ve seen it in the Paris runway shows of Italian designers, on living room sofas in American magazines, and maybe it’s on your very own bed. But if you’re anything like me, you never knew where ikat came from, or that it even had a name.

Ikat is a style of weaving which uses resist dyeing (preventing the dye from reaching all the cloth) on the threads before they are woven, so that as the cloth is woven a pattern appears. The Malay word ikat, which means “to tie” or “to bind,” describes this process. The technique is an Asian textile tradition with long histories in Central Asia, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, India, and Japan. In the 19th century, Silk Road oasis towns of Central Asia, in what is now Uzbekistan, were known for their silk ikats.

To make your own ikat, try Domino’s D-I-Y project.


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ccsugar ccsugar 9 years
Hmmmm... Interesting example......
daizyk70 daizyk70 9 years
The picture is scary. And the poor guy looks like he's calling for help!
MamaD MamaD 9 years
Wowee!!!!! That poor little guy is in big big trouble!!! Wasn't there a better example of an Ikat to show? I'm totally preoccupied with the little guys predicament!!!!!
chancleta chancleta 9 years
thanks for the explanation
chancleta chancleta 9 years
thanks for the explanation
staceyleeroberts staceyleeroberts 9 years
OMG, that ikat picture has a crab or something grabbing the peter!!! Yikes!
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