Ikat Print Designs

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Ikat is the coolest fabric design this season! Its an ancient art of weaving patterns into the fabric which was practiced all through the world from Asia to Middle East to the ancient Mayans. It is vibrant and colorful and bohemian. It can be paired with any style of furniture and will effortlessly blend in.
Ikat Carpet

Think about a typical patterned textile, say a floral upholstery fabric. Here designs are basically stamped onto a piece of blank fabric using dyes or paints, right? That is how block-printed cotton fabrics and many other kinds of surface-patterned textiles are made. With ikat, though, the threads are dyed before they are woven into textiles.

Yellow Ikat Bedcover

The word ‘ikat’ (pronounced ‘ee-KAHT’) comes from the Malaysian word ‘mengikat,’ or ‘to tie,’ because the loose threads are tied into bundles using grasses or wax-treated cotton to specify where the dye is able to sink in and color the thread (basically a refined type of tie-dye). What this means is that the weaver has to figure out where on the loose threads the dye should (and shouldn’t) go in order for it to form the proper pattern when it is woven on the loom. It gets more complicated as you add more colors.

Pink Ikat Chairs

Despite this complexity, the technique seems to have developed independently across many different cultures and continents since at least the Dark Ages, appearing in places like Pre-Columbian Peru and Guatemala, 10th century Yemen, Japan, Indonesia, India and Uzbekistan.

Ikat CurtainsIkat Long DressIkat Cushions

Some great Ikat products you can buy:

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  2. HI i am interested in buying this rug..
    Please could you help me with the dimensions and the price..

    Awaiting your reply..

    thank you

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