I is for Ikat

Written by on September 29, 2010 in Back to School, Designer Dictionary - 4 Comments

I am a sucker for a great Ikat (pronounced ‘ee-KAHT’) fabric.  Ikat means “to tie” or “bind”.  I love the bold colors & patterns found in these woven textiles.  Similar to tie-dye, the fabrics are crafted using a resist dyeing process.  The threads are dyed before being woven into eye catching patterns.  Ikat fabrics may have made a recent & very popular comeback, but this is no trend.  Although the exact origin &  time frame is hard to determine, Ikat dates back several centuries.  Many say Ikat orginated in India and quickly spread due to trade.  From fashion to home interiors, Ikat is flourishing in the fabric world.  Take a peek at a few of my favorites.

Smithsonian, Ikat fabric

mid 19th Century Ikat from the Smithsonian Collection

Thom Filicia, Kravet, Ikat, yellow & grey, yellow & gray

Gorgeous yellow, grey & white Ikat by Thom Filicia for Kravet.

Thom Filicia, Kravet, Ikat, yellow & grey, yellow & gray, sofa, accent chair

Thom Filicia’s Ikat livens up this room on an accent chair & pillow for the sofa.

Oscar de la Renta, Spring, fashion, 2005, Ikat

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2005 (Getty Images)

Madeline Weinrib, Ikat, purple Ikat, Ikat fabric

Purple Ikat by Madeline Weinrib.

Gucci, Ikat, fashion, show, Fashion Week, Gucci dress

Ikat print featured in Gucci‘s Spring 2010 collection.

4 Comments on "I is for Ikat"

  1. Ludmila {creamylife.com} September 29, 2010 at 5:28 am ·

    Ikat is such an interesting pattern. Great collection of pictures! xo

  2. traci zeller designs September 29, 2010 at 5:44 pm ·

    Love those pix, Shay! Great choices!

  3. Hillerie Camille September 29, 2010 at 11:37 pm ·

    Thanks for educating me on ikat. I heart that purple chair.

  4. Tamara Styles September 30, 2010 at 11:50 pm ·

    i am an ikat lover 100000%. if it werent tacky..i would have ikat on every thing..just love it..when done right.

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