This week I leaned about a dyeing technique called ikat. One of our bedding ensembles features the look so I decided to do some research. Here are some quick facts:
What is it?
A dyeing technique used to pattern textiles. It utilizes a resist dyeing process (prevents the dye from reaching all the cloth, thereby creating a pattern) similar to tie-dye. The difference is between the two is in ikat, the dyeing is done before the fabric is woven; in tie-die, the dyeing takes place after the fabric is woven.
Where does it come from?
The word ikat is from the Indonesian or Malay mengikat which means “to tie, to bind”. While it is difficult to determine exactly where ikat comes from, it is believed to have stemmed from pre-Columbian Central and South American cultures.