Monday, May 19, 2014

What Is Ikat Fabric A Journey With Mamta

Ikat And My 5 Friends. What, Who, Where, Why and How.

What Is Ikat?

Ikat is a unique resist-dyeing technique which is very similar to tie-dye. The simple meaning of Ikat is tie and dye.


Ikat Fabric
Ikat Fabric


In ikat weaving, the yarns are tie dyed before weaving process begins. The ultimate result is abstract, geometric pattern, floral and other hypnotizing patterns and designs.

Red Ikat Fabric
Red Ikat Fabric


Who Uses Ikat?

Who doesn't use Ikat?! Ikat interior designing is a new phenomenon that is popular in the world of home decor. Ikat fabric is one of the oldest fabric that is used for upholstery, clothing, drapery, etc.

Orange Ikat Fabric
Orange Ikat Fabric


In modern times, it is considered to have a class of its own and often a preferred fabric of elite class.

Purple Ikat Fabric
Purple Ikat Fabric


The fabric is used to make Ikat rugs, carpet, curtains, duvet cover, tablecloth, bedspread, curtain panel, napkins, throw blanket, shower curtain, quilt, drapes, pillow covers, quilting, etc. The sky is the only limit.

Gray Ikat Fabric
Gray Ikat Fabric


Where Ikat Is Made?

India is the hub of Ikat pattern fabric. Double ikat weaving is one of the specialty of this country. Besides India, Japan, Uzbekistan, Guatemala, Indonesia, etc are also leading producers of this fabric.

Pink Ikat Fabric
Pink Ikat Fabric


Why Ikat?

All types of ikat fabric, whether it is double ikat, suzani ikat, Japanese ikat, etc are sturdy, hand woven and have intricate mesmerizing designs. It is most sought upholstery fabric due to its handmade style.

Ikat Cotton Fabric
Woven Ikat Cotton Fabric


How Ikat Is Made?

In ikat technique, a design is first decided. Then, the yarns are bound together and hand dyed in the colors that will show up on the fabric in a specific planned design.

Turquoise Ikat Fabric
Turquoise Ikat Fabric


Then, these yarns are arranged in such a manner that the design emerges during the weaving process.

Green Ikat Fabric
Green Ikat Fabric


The threads used for making this fabric are dyed first using organic and vegetable dyes. Then, it is made into a fabric resulting in an uneven yet an interesting design.

Indian Ikat Fabric
Indian Ikat Fabric


It is a very labor intensive work but the end results are worth the time and efforts.

Brown Ikat Fabric
Brown Ikat Fabric


If you want to buy these fabrics, you can check out some of the unique ikat fabric which I have in my shop.

You can even watch this Ikat fabric video if you like visuals.


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Mamta Motiyani
Mamta Motiyani
I have a quest for knowledge and often find what I want- but after much struggle and reading encyclopedias! Not everybody wants a thesis! In my blog, you will find quick and easy information without any jargons, technical details or ancient history of that craft. You can find that data all over the Internet, Wikipedia, etc.

My objective is to give you a starting point and quick reference for you to move ahead. If you have still have quench for further knowledge, then you probably know where to look for.

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