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Everything I know about IKAT

June 30th, 2010

The word ‘ikat’ (pronounced ‘ee-KAHT’) comes from the Malaysian word ‘mengikat,’ or ‘to tie.’  Loose threads are tied into bundles using grasses or wax-treated cotton to specify where the dye is able to penetrate where it can’t. You could say it is a refined type of tie-dye).  The weaver has to figure out where on the loose threads the dye should (and shouldn’t) go in order for it to form the proper pattern when it is woven on the loom. It gets more complicated as you add more colors. Some ikats are made by dyeing the warp threads (the fixed threads that are attached to the loom), some by dyeing the weft threads (the threads that are actually woven in and out of the warp threads), and some by dyeing both, a technique known as double ikat. Now you know how to pronounce the word you understand it a bit better.

Lee Jofa 

Lee Jofa
Lee Jofa 

Lee Jofa

Lee Jofa
Lee Jofa


Thibaut



Room Sloane and Company



One Response to “Everything I know about IKAT”

  1. Michelle says:

    Do you know what the ikat is on the last picture of the sofa – notes Room Sloane & Company but can’t seem to locate that. Thank you.

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