I first started seeing these beautiful tie-dye looking fabrics a few years ago. These beautiful Ethnic designs are called IKAT and for the longest time I pronounced them phonetically, “I-Kat”. Much to my embarrassment, I later learned they are pronounced “E-Kat”. Ikat is a very old method of weaving that originated in Indonesia.
Wikipedia defines IKAT as “a method of weaving that uses a resist dyeing process similar to tie-dye on either the warp or weft fibres. The dye is applied prior to the threads being woven to create the final fabric pattern or design.
Double Ikat is where both warp and the weft are resist-dyed prior to stringing on the loom. Traditionally, and still commonly, a back-strap loom is used, though any variant or modern loom may be used.
Okay, not being a weaver, I have absolutely NO idea what this means. What I DO know though is that IKAT fabrics and designs are one of 2011’s hottest trends in both fashion and in home decor. They add a punch of color and energy to a room and fit in with almost any decor.
Don’t you just LOVE these red, blue and yellow drapes?
and I can just picture this over-sized Ikat design on the walls of my imaginary Summer house guest bedroom.
Ikat patterns have become SO popular that they seem to be crawling onto everything from dishes to bags to shoes.
So now that you know what IKAT looks like, you just have to remember how to pronounce it……E-KAT…..Oh, and one more thing…My imaginary Summer house would not be complete without this happy colored IKAT lamp.
So..Does your home have IKAT?