Happy Friday, my dears! It’s that time of the week when I rave about some of my favorite fabrics & patterns, and today it’s an extra special textile for me, the happy Ikat! IKAT is one of those colorful, patterned fabrics in which the yarns have been tie-dyed before weaving (tie-dye, as its name suggests, is a method of producing textile patterns by tying parts of the fabric to shield them from the dye). Weaving unevenly dyed yarns into a textile creates a blurry effect that characterizes most Ikats and, even if the patterns and colors vary, this blurred effect makes it easily recognizable.
¨A characteristic of Ikat textiles is an apparent ¨bluriness¨ to the design that is the result of the extreme difficulty the weaver has in lining up the dyed yarns so that the pattern comes out perfectly in the finished cloth. The blurriness can be reduced by using finer yarns or by the skill of the craftsperson. Even though Ikats with little blurriness, multiple colors and complicated patterns are more difficult to create, and therefore are more expensive, the blurriness in the pattern is in fact often prized by textile collectors. ¨ (Wiki)
In the world of interior design, Ikat is much loved and has received quite the attention in the last decade. More often it is used in smaller doses on accents such as decorative pillows or lamp shades, and it can create the most striking effects on larger scale pieces like rugs, wallpapers, window treatments or upholstery. Here are some great examples of interiors rocking the Ikat!
Ikat is produced in textile centers throughout the globe, from India, Central and Southeast Asia to Africa and Latin America.
The term ¨ikat¨ is an Indonesian word that can mean either ¨knot¨, ¨cord¨, ¨thread¨ or ¨to tie¨, ¨to bind¨, in case you were wondering 🙂
I love how this classic piece of furniture below is given new life with Ikat.
Any thoughts on this exotic pattern? Do you have it in your homes? Or perhaps in your wardrobes? I want to hear all about it 🙂
Have a great weekend!