Ikkat or Ikat is a dyeing technique used to pattern textiles that employs “resist dyeing” on the yarns prior to dyeing and weaving the fabric.In Ikat the resist is formed by binding individual yarns or bundles of yarns with a tight wrapping applied in the desired pattern. The bindings may then be altered to create a new pattern and the yarns dyed again with another colour. This process may be repeated multiple times to produce elaborate, multicolored patterns.
A characteristic of ikat textiles is an apparent “blurriness” to the design, considered to be most prized by collectors. The blurriness is a result of the extreme difficulty the weaver has lining up the dyed yarns so that the pattern comes out perfectly in the finished cloth. Ikats with little blurriness, multiple colours and complicated patterns are more difficult to create and therefore often more expensive.

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Ikkat or Ikat is a dyeing technique used to pattern textiles that employs “resist dyeing” on the yarns prior to dyeing and weaving the fabric.In Ikat the resist is formed by binding individual yarns or bundles of yarns with a tight wrapping applied in the desired pattern. The bindings may then be altered to create a new pattern and the yarns dyed again with another colour. This process may be repeated multiple times to produce elaborate, multicolored patterns.
A characteristic of ikat textiles is an apparent “blurriness” to the design, considered to be most prized by collectors. The blurriness is a result of the extreme difficulty the weaver has lining up the dyed yarns so that the pattern comes out perfectly in the finished cloth. Ikats with little blurriness, multiple colours and complicated patterns are more difficult to create and therefore often more expensive.