Exploring Ikat

This past year, it seems that Ikat designs were sweeping the market place and are still picking up steam.  Ikat is a dyeing technique used to create textile patterns by implementing a resist dyeing process similar to tie-dye. 

The word “ikat” actually means “to bind.”   The defining characteristic of Ikat is the dyeing of patterns, by means of bindings, into the threads before cloth construction, the weaving of the fabric, takes place.  Bindings resist dye penetration and are applied to the threads in the desired patterns and the threads are dyed. Alteration of the bindings and the dyeing of more than one color produce elaborate, multicolored patterns. When all of the dyeing is finished the bindings are removed and the threads are ready to be woven into cloth.

Ikat patterns are found in many countries including India, Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, Spain, Guatemala, and Mexico to name a few.  I have really been drawn to the unique and vibrant patterns and colors.  Here are some amazing Ikat designs that have caught my eye.

Madeline Weinrib - Ikat Pillows in Tones of Grey
Madeline Weinrib – Ikat Pillows in Tones of Grey

 

Rugs USA: Santa Ana Faded Antique Ikat  Rug
Rugs USA: Santa Ana Faded Antique Ikat Rug
 
No Doors – Ikat Upholstered Sofa
No Doors – Ikat Upholstered Sofa

 

The Lennoxx Files - Ikat Duvet
The Lennoxx Files – Ikat Duvet
 
Viva Terra - Upholstered Stools
Viva Terra – Upholstered Stools

 

Thibaut Wallpaper - Island Ikat
Thibaut Wallpaper – Island Ikat

 

Etsy - Studio JOTA  - Large Navy Ikat Medallion Drum Lampshade
Etsy – Studio JOTA – Large Navy Ikat Medallion Drum Lampshade
 
Ikat curtains and Pillows
Ikat Curtains and Pillows
4 Comments
  • Deana
    February 22, 2012

    Refreshing patterns! I can imagine a terrific interior built around that Etsy – Studio JOTA – Large Navy Ikat Medallion Drum Lampshade!

  • Julie
    February 23, 2012

    I agree, the drum lampshade really caught my eye!

    • Sushant
      June 8, 2012

      Is there a posted paettrn for the cloth on the left in the default picture at the top of the page? Purple and white and it looks like a basket weave?Thank you!Cameron

      • Julie
        June 11, 2012

        Cameron – I’m not sure of the exact fabric name, but the fabrics in the default picture are from Brunschwig & Fils. Thanks!

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