Ikkat

Have you ever spent time in front of your open cupboard, and wondered what to wear? You need to be comfortable, but not look frumpy; you need to look stylish, but not over the top; you need to look smart and professional, but still look like you’ve made an effort for the occasion…

When faced with such decision dilemmas, an Ikkat creation is your best choice! Ikkat’s astounding versatility, unmatched elegance quotient, and distinct chic – an outfit made of an Ikkat fabric can give you the look of your pick – ranging from perky pizzazz to dignified poise!

And of course, the range of apparel is mind bogglingly boundless! From a multi-faceted six yard marvel of a saree, through tunics, kurtis, stoles, dresses and blouses, to sexy crop tops - Ikkat is a splendid choice.

Ikkat’s versatility is not restricted to just clothes - with the passage of time, the art of ikkat has morphed into curtains, furnishing, cushion covers, pillow covers, bedspreads, and bags!

Okay – now what is Ikkat?

Ikkat comes from the Malaysian word ‘mengikat’ meaning “to tie, bind, or wrap around”. This ancient style of weaving involves using a resist dyeing process, similar to tie-dye where either the weft (left to right) or warp (up and down) yarns are dyed before they are woven on the loom.


The result?

A trendy and inimitable, dreamy textile that can be used in myriad ways! And the patterns sometimes have a “cloudy” or “blurred” appearance that comes from the slight bleeding of the dyes into other areas. Magical magnificence…

In India, Ikkat is prevalent in 3 of its vibrant states. And interestingly, there’s one each from the West, the East and the South: Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Orissa! And each state develops its own motifs and symbols – unique, distinctive, and precious.

Ikkat weaving is an extremely elaborate process that can involve contribution from an entire family. To get an idea of how labour intensive the procedure is – it can take up to seven months between two people to complete one length of a saree!!

Fabloe supports this dying art, and ensures the weavers continue to carry forward this craft.

Check out Fabloe’s Ikkat collection silk and cotton…