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Green  Uzbeki Ikat Printed Modal Silk Dress

Green Uzbeki Ikat Printed Modal Silk Dress

USD 62 (-1%)
Ikat Cotton Slub Khaki Dress

Ikat Cotton Slub Khaki Dress

USD 30 (-1%)
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All Over Single Ikat Shirt Dress

All Over Single Ikat Shirt Dress

USD 75 (-1%)
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Sunflower Yellow Handloom Cotton Ikat Palazzo

Sunflower Yellow Handloom Cotton Ikat Palazzo

USD 33 (-1%)
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Corn Yellow Handloom Cotton Ikat Kurta

Corn Yellow Handloom Cotton Ikat Kurta

USD 35 (-1%)
Grey And White Handloom Cotton Ikat Asymmetrical Shirt

Grey And White Handloom Cotton Ikat Asymmetrical Shirt

USD 49 (-1%)
Black Handloom Cotton Ikat Asymmetrical Shirt

Black Handloom Cotton Ikat Asymmetrical Shirt

USD 49 (-1%)
Indigo Blue And Mustard Striped Handloom Cotton Ikat Asymmetrical Shirt

Indigo Blue And Mustard Striped Handloom Cotton Ikat Asymmetrical Shirt

USD 49 (-1%)
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Light Grey & Yellow Ikat South Cotton Saree

Light Grey & Yellow Ikat South Cotton Saree

USD 99 (-1%)
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Red-Noir Tussar Cotton Silk Saree With Ikat Blouse

Red-Noir Tussar Cotton Silk Saree With Ikat Blouse

USD 71 (-1%)
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Blue-Yellow Tussar Cotton Silk Saree And Ikat Blouse

Blue-Yellow Tussar Cotton Silk Saree And Ikat Blouse

USD 109 (-1%)
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Red Ikat Saree With Unstitched Blouse

Red Ikat Saree With Unstitched Blouse

USD 89 (-1%)
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Grey And Pink Ikat Cotton Blouse

Grey And Pink Ikat Cotton Blouse

USD 31 (-1%)
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Uzbeki Ikat printed modal silk shirt

Uzbeki Ikat printed modal silk shirt

USD 42 (-1%)
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Maroon and Grey Ikat Blouse With Buttoned Back

Maroon and Grey Ikat Blouse With Buttoned Back

USD 34 (-1%)
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Charcoal Grey Single Ikat Pure Cotton Top

Charcoal Grey Single Ikat Pure Cotton Top

USD 32 (-1%)
Dove White Handloom Cotton Ikat Asymmetrical Shirt

Dove White Handloom Cotton Ikat Asymmetrical Shirt

USD 49 (-1%)
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Set of 2 - Corn Yellow Handloom Cotton Ikat Kurta And Palazzo Set

Set of 2 - Corn Yellow Handloom Cotton Ikat Kurta And Palazzo Set

USD 47 (-1%)
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High Low Black Maxi Dress With Designer Ikat Pockets

High Low Black Maxi Dress With Designer Ikat Pockets

USD 51 (-1%)

What is Ikat?

Ikat is a dyeing technique used to create exquisite fabrics. Ikat fabrics are popular for their beauty and distinct style, and the age-old art of Ikat weaving is well-known for how difficult it is. The difficulty of practicing Ikat lies in the fact that unlike in other printing techniques, where the final cloth is dyed, in Ikat, the yarns are first resist-dyed and then woven.

 

The origins of Ikat

Ikat is one of those rare techniques that evolved independently and simultaneously in different parts of the world. Ikat weaving has been practiced in India, Indonesia, Japan and other South-East Asian countries for millennia. This form of textile production is also popular in Central and South American countries and even Africa. However, each region has its own distinct style of Ikat.

Today, India and Indonesia are the two most famous producers of Ikat fabrics in the world. The word Ikat, in fact, comes from the Indonesian language - the noun for cord, thread, and knot, the verb for the phrases “to tie” and “to bind.”

In India, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Gujarat are famed for the Ikat textiles they produce. India is also one of the very few places in the world where complex double Ikat fabrics are still produced.

 

Techniques of Ikat

The art of Ikat dyeing is a complex one. There are many steps that lead to the finished product, which is why Ikat fabrics are so in demand and so expensive at times.

-          The desired pattern is first drawn – by hand - on the warp and weft yarns.

-          The weaver then ties these yarns to match the pattern. Then the threads are dyed in the specific colours, so that the colours seep into the yarn at the correct position.

-          The yarns are then untied and strung on the loom.

-          The fabric is then woven together, and the colourful pattern emerges on it.

Ikat dyeing can be of three types – warp Ikat, weft Ikat and the most complex, double Ikat.

 

The patterns of Ikat

While each region where Ikat is practiced has its own distinct style. However, a typical characteristic of most Ikat textiles is the “blurriness” of the motifs. This haziness comes from the fact that the weaver has to line up the dyed yarns perfectly before weaving them to achieve a pattern.

In India, the motifs most commonly found in Ikat dyeing are geometric patterns and designs borrowed from nature. The triangular chevron or temple phera design is a very common and beautiful one, as are the simple Ikat arrow designs.

Tjori’s Ikat Drapes

At Tjori, we have come up with a collection of lovely cotton sarees inspired by the age-old art of Ikat weaving. Bright, beautiful and traditionally Indian, these sarees are produced by the skilled artisans of Andhra Pradesh. Our Ikat Drapes collection brings the best of India’s Ikat to your doorstep – so shop from this beautiful collection today.

 

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