Ikat: Yarns that tell a story
Ikat is a fascinating weave. In it’s early days it was used as an object of trade along the silk route and symbolised wealth and power. Today, the heart of the craft is shared between India and Indonesia, but many cultures have developed their own take on the weave, making it a beautifully diverse fabric that shows up in all corners of the planet.
Ikat involves a painstaking technique of specific computations that focus on mathematical symmetry, every inch is calculated and connected. Yarns are first dyed according to the pattern desired. Then they are intricately woven with an intentional bleed, giving Ikat it’s identifying blurry lines termed “poetry of the looms”.