July 18, 2014

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The ikat process is an ancient and intricate weaving technique that originated in Indonesia. It involves lining threads along a frame, tying the threads together in a particular pattern, dying the threads and finally, weaving the dyed thread.

 Step 1: Thread is aligned on the frame and is tied according to the particular pattern. ( Blue Fish Clothing )

Step 1: Thread is aligned on the frame and is tied according to the particular pattern. (Blue Fish Clothing)

 Step 2: Once the pattern is fully translated, the threads are ready to be dyed. ( Lovina Ladies League )

Step 2: Once the pattern is fully translated, the threads are ready to be dyed. (Lovina Ladies League)

 Step 3: The thread is dyed and the ties are removed ( Bev and Thierry in India )

Step 3: The thread is dyed and the ties are removed (Bev and Thierry in India)

 Step 4: The thread is put back onto the frame and woven, to reveal the beautiful, intricate ikat pattern. ( Victoria & Albert Museum )

Step 4: The thread is put back onto the frame and woven, to reveal the beautiful, intricate ikat pattern. (Victoria & Albert Museum)

We love how this technique can produce a variety of patterns with endless colour combinations. Take a look at some of the contemporary patterns and applications we've found to inspire you!

 Ikat bowls can help to add some detail and colour to a space. ( Anthropologie )

Ikat bowls can help to add some detail and colour to a space. (Anthropologie)

 Accents of ikat in a black and white palette is a subtle way to introduce this pattern into a space. ( Jar Designs )

Accents of ikat in a black and white palette is a subtle way to introduce this pattern into a space. (Jar Designs)

 Ikat patterns in upholstery and drapery will make a bold statement in your living area! ( Coras de Casa )

Ikat patterns in upholstery and drapery will make a bold statement in your living area! (Coras de Casa)

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AuthorTheresa Casey