define Ikat

Decorating Dictionary: Ikat

Various Ikat Fabrics
Examples of some beautiful Ikat fabric designs

What is the definition of Ikat?

Have you ever heard someone mention the term “Ikat“, “Ikat pattern“, or “Ikat fabric” and wondered what on earth it meant? Well, now you have to wonder no longer – we will define Ikat for you! Here is the latest addition to our Decorating Dictionary

In our Trends 2011 posts we have thrown around a lot of décor terms that  really should be entered into our Dictionary – so we start with an easy one, here is our first Decorating Dictionary definition of 2012…

Ikat:  is essentially a dyeing technique, similar to the tie-dying process, known for its use of bright, bold colours. It was originally produced in several pre-Columbian Central and South American cultures, however the technique has been adopted by many eastern countries. Ikat weaving styles and pattern vary widely and many design motifs may have ethnic or symbolic meaning.

Lovely Ikat images via: GP & J Baker | HousetoHome