Thursday, January 28, 2010

What is Ikat?

If you are paying attention you may be asking yourself the same question. The tribal, ethic trend is back in full force for the spring season.

Ikat is a type of fabric that is woven with tie dyed threads. The symbols very from culture to culture. The Ikat process has been used in various cultures all over the world and is still common in Central and South America. In the 19th century the silk road was famous for the unique silk Ikat styles. There are also Asian inspired Ikat fabrics from, Japan, India, and south eastern asian countries as well as Bali, Borneo and teh indonesian Islands Like any craft or art form, ikats vary widely from country to country and region to region. Designs may have symbolic of ritual meaning or have been developed for export trade. Ikats are often symbols of status, wealth, power and prestige. Perhaps because of the difficulty and time required to make ikats, some cultures believe the cloth is imbued with magical powers. The top dress is available now at Forever for 22.80.

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