Ikat - The Traditional Handloom

Ikat is an elaborate dying process done with silk or cotton fabrics. Ikat patterns are dyed and binded into the threads before the cloth is weaved.

Ikat the gorgeous handwoven fabric has always been popular for its different style and unparalleled beauty. If you have ever used one, you will know how unique it is.

Ikat is one of the most ancient techniques of dyeing the fabric. The term 'Ikat' has originated from Indonesia. However, now Ikat has probably devolved in several locations independently.

Ikat fabric is a dyeing technique used to create a distinct style of textile patterns. Ikat is done by resist dyeing sections of the yarns before weaving the fabric. In Ikat, the resist is formed by binding individual yarns or bundles of yarns with a tight wrapping applied in the desired patterns. The surface design of the Ikat fabric is created on both faces of the fabric; because of the yarn binding, Ikat fabric looks the same on both sides.

There are three different types of ikat weaving which are as follows 

  1. Wrap ikat
  2. Weft ikat 
  3. Double ikat

Ikat is everywhere these days — as trendy as anything ancient can ever claim to be. 

Visible in traditional textiles ranging from Southeast Asia to South America to the Middle East and beyond.

One should definitely have at least one of these beautiful and different varieties of hand wowed ikat saree in their gracious collection of sarees. 

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