Ikat: Threads of Life

Ikat (pronounced “ee- caht”, not “eye-cat” )is a textile which is essentially made using a ancient “tie-dye” method.  The technical name is actually “resist dyeing”.  Part of the threads are tied in bundles and then dyed before they are woven together. 

Typically, it is the warp threads (the ones going crosswise) that are dyed, but occasionally the weft (vertical) threads are also dyed. This is known as double ikat.

True ikat textiles are hand-woven on narrow looms. A pattern is created from the resist dyeing as the threads are loomed together. Hand-woven fabrics have a completely different feel and appearance than fabrics made from a machine power-loom production.

Today designers in both fashion and interiors, use ikat in all forms to express their style.... 

Ikat bowl by Ginori Michael C Fina

Madeline Weinrib's Daphne Blue Ikat

Anthony Todd

Oscar de la Renta showcase room at Lee Jofa

Hot Pink silk Ikat upholstered walls by Muriel Brandolini

Blue and white Ikat dining chairs

"Ties that Bind: An Exhibition Catalogue of Ikat Fabrics" from HERE

Antique Silk Cotton Ikat

Kelly Wearstler's Bengal Bazaar

Ikat-patterned rug

Java dessert plate from Home, James Collection

Study designed by Philip Gorrivan

1 comment:

  1. I love the study by Philip Gorrivan- that day bed is amazing- I love the combination of fabrics with the collection of artwork.