• 21Feb

    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

Discussion 4 Responses

  1. February 22, 2012 at 9:27 am

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

  2. February 23, 2012 at 10:51 am

    I agree, the drum lampshade really caught my eye!

    • June 8, 2012 at 2:29 am

      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

      • June 11, 2012 at 6:17 pm

        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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