13 May 2009

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.

Ikat means "to tie" or "to bind" in the Malay language.
Wikipedia

Ikat has various international incarnations, from Indonesia to Spain to Native American tribal patterns.

A few seasons ago it found its way to the runway...

Yesterday it found its way to the cover of WWD:
There are Ikat handbags from Coach and Target... ...and Fall 09 woolens (thanks to Pendleton for Opening Ceremony).

So what do you think? Is this trend worth ikatching up on? (Sorry, sorry...).

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3 comments:

Nadia said...

Ikat is always lovely. More designers use it now.

Uptown Girl said...

It will be interesting to see how it continues to morph.

Kathy Azwan said...

Some ikat batik kaftans from my store..

http://www.kaftansale.com

Just sharing.