Ikat is everywhere these days in fashion and home furnishings.
But most of what is featured as ikat in magazines or blogs is not real ikat but prints or jacquards made to simulate handmade ikat. Ikat is actually an ancient resist process of tying and dyeing the pattern into the yarn before the fabric is woven. Real ikat is done in only some areas. Southeast Asia, Central America, Japan, Central Asia and India.
When we started designing clothing in 1983, we began by designing ikat in India. It was the 80’s and Issey Miyake was the inspiration.
See the picture in the post Our History Part 1 about how we started in business.
These photos showing the ikat process were taken by Kiran on one of the many design trips we made to a weaving village in Andhra Pradesh to work on new designs.
Photos by Kiran Singh