Thursday, April 26, 2012

Trend Alert: Ikat Print

Summer fashion always brings tons of bright and fun colors, with different patterns and prints. This Summer 2012 one of the hottest trend is the Ikat dye!

Ikat is an indonesian language word, which depending on the context, can be the nouns: cord, thread, knot and the finished ikat fabric as well as the verbs: "to tie" or "to bind".

Ikat is a dyeing technique used to pattern textiles that employs a resist dyeing process similar to tie-dye. The defining characteristics of ikat is the dyeing of patterns, by means of bindings, into the threads before cloth construction, the weaving of the fabric, takes place. Here lies the difference between ikat and tie-dye. In tie-dye the fabric is woven first and the resist bindings are then applied to the fabric which is dyed.

Ikat is a universal weaving style common in many cultures. It's one of the oldest form of textile decoration. 

Ikat weaving styles are widely. Many design motifs may have ethics, rituals, or symbolic meaning. Traditionally, ikat are symbols of status, wealth, power and prestige. 

Here are some of my favorite items with ikat:

DVF Urika Printed Ikat Skirt
Joe's Ikat Crops 
Anthropologie Ikat Frequencies Shirtdress
Rebecca Minkoff Ikat Becky Jacket
Michael Kors Ikat Print Silk-Blend Straigh-Leg Pant
Toms Ikat Print Peep-Toe Wedge
Cynthia Vincent Ikat Print Canvas Beach Tote
Urban Outfitters Slipper Chair Indigo Ikat

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