Vivid colors& ethnic patterns: “Ikat”

This word of four-letters which doesn’t really sound familiar to us has actually settled right on the center of our lives. From our wardrobe to the pillow, carpet and upholstery in our living room, we can encounter Ikat, even in forms of wallpaper. These”ikats” spring to life by dyeing the warp threads with some parts of it covered with barks, leaves or wax to prevent unwanted dye permeation.

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Ikat which is a quite common technique in Indonesia ranges over wide and far, from Siamese, Malaysia to Cambodia.In ikat dyeing technique, which gathers fabrics that are generally called as Nomad such as suzeni or batik and regional rugs under a single roof, the skill lies in the weaver acting essentially as a selective heddle who selectively and manually picks up warp threads before passing the shuttle through the resultant”mini-shed”.

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The technique which has made its mark in both fashion and decoration in the new season usually shows itself us with consecutive patterns and scattering color tones in company with a slight watercolor effect.

 

It is still used widespread in Argentine, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guatemala and Turkey. The word means”knotted” or”bonded” in Malaya language if we look at its history, we see that it was a status symbol.This historical wealth of weaving, dyeing and texture can be disguised in many forms and adjust with many styles; from pillows to book covers, from a melamine cup to an ethnic robe. However, what makes is out of common is that we see different patterns every time.

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The technique which owes its beauty to imperfection stands out among new trends of decoration world with vivid colors, variety of patterns and its unique styles, while revealing the mystical sides of Arab culture in decoration.Vivid colors, a rich complicity and a balanced harmony in spite of this complicity: this is what it brings into our lives.

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