Anyone who was lucky enough to visit Central Asia would remember fabrics with surprisingly bright, rainbow transitions forever. This ikat is one of the calling cards of the ancient and mysterious East, a beautiful and really interesting souvenir, for which today there is no need to go to distant lands. The term ikat means both the fabric itself and the method of its manufacture. The peculiarity of ikat lies in the fact that the threads are first dyed, and then fall into the loom and, with all the splendor of this beautiful product, you can only enjoy it after it is ready.
Ikat - pronounced: ee-kaht – is an Indo-Malaysian word for ‘to tie’. Its origins trace back to different regions in Asia and it is a traditional dyeing technique used to pattern textiles. Loose threads are tied into bundles to specify where the dye will sink in and color the threads. But this is where it becomes brain-twisting: the weaver has to figure out where on the loose threads the dye should go in order to form the right pattern when it's woven on the loom - and it gets more complicated as you add colors.
Not surprisingly, on the Silk Road Ikat was considered as one of the most precious textiles because of the skill and time its production required. The Ikat we use is skilfully woven by hand on the loom and is typical of its Uzbekistan origins – creating a luxury fabric with cloudy, blurry lines of the patterns that we absolutely love.