In my many hours of browsing through magazines and books, there are always a few things that grab my attention and won't let go! IKAT is one of those things. Several years ago I first noticed some pillows with bright, colourful, geometric patterns and from then on I saw it again and again. Sometimes it was just in the background as wallpaper or piece of framed art, other times it was front and centre as a sofa or on a bed. I have had IKAT on my wish list since then but don't have anything yet, but I will all good things come to those who wait as they say!
IKAT means `` to bind``. It is a process of tie-dying and then weaving yarn to create an intricate design for fabric.
In the and 60's and 70's we saw the Bohemian Ikat in homes and like always in design and fashion " what's old is new again!". We think it won't be back but it is in a new updated way. Traditional crafts are always popular and are adapted to be embraced by any decor. Colour and fabric make a big difference in the way you use them. For example now we see IKAT in silk and sharp strong dyed colours, not only the indigo dyed cottons and linens. The designs can be used in fabric, wallpaper, rugs and ceramics. Here are some examples.
Next time you read a design magazine or watch a makeover show look closely maybe you will see a great IKAT piece.