Ikat (literally means tie and in the malay language it means “to bind”) is a dyeing technique used to pattern textiles that employs resist dyeing on the yarn prior to dyeing and weaving the fabric.
Ikat or Ikkat is a technique that requires forming pattern in yarn stage and employing tie and dye for warp/ weft or warp & weft threads. The threads undergo repetitive dyeing process depending on the number of colours in the design or pattern.
These patterns of dyed threads are skillfully assembled by artisans into warp sheets and weft sequence. This is then prepared for use on handlooms where they are woven into fabric by trained Ikat weavers.
Repeated tie and dye process on the yarn makes it necessary to use two ply yarn as a standard raw material for Ikat weaving.
Use of two ply yarn for Ikat enhances the drape, fullness, comfort and durability of the woven fabric. All Ikat fabrics are identical on both sides and have distinct feathered look which makes the fabric truly unique and invaluable.