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.