Contributing Author: Amy Tran
Ranging from hippie chic, to tribal safari to elegant embellishment, Ikat is a highly sought after material due to the time, effort and precision that goes into making it. There are many variations of Ikat, as it has origins in India, Japan and many South East Asian countries. The meaning of the word “Ikat” is “to bind”. The tying and dyeing process is similar to “tie dying”, however the fabric is dyed as it’s woven, creating intricate geometric shapes and patterns. The result is both interesting and exotic. This trend has hit the market hard in the past few years. In both woven and graphic depictions, the “Ikat” continues to populate fashion as well as interiors; trending in dresses, pillows, and accessories – even iphone cases!