Ikat Homeweare: a fascinating traditional technique, the ultimate luxury touch
Ikat textiles have a unique, unmistakable charm. At the touch, the fabric is soft and silky. To look at, they are positively mesmerising.
ABOUT THE IKAT TECHNIQUE
The name Ikat comes from a Malay word meaning to tie or to bind. The name encapsulates the elaborate process behind the realisation of this unique fabric. The traditional manufacturing technique consists of marking, tying and resist-dyeing the design into the yarn before the fabric is woven to create its characteristic vibrancy of colour and pattern.
The process begins with the yarn that is tightly wrapped together and worked into bundles. The design is planned in advance and realised by our extremely skilled craftsmen in Myanmar by marking bundles and tying them in correspondence of the pattern. The bundles are dyed as many times as required to create the desired pattern.
This process is different because the yarns are dyed before being woven into cloth. As a result, the pattern will be perfectly visible on both sides of the cloth.
Once the yarns have been dyed and dried, the weaver lines them up on the loom to form the pattern. The design unfolds as the yarn is woven into cloth. This is an incredibly complex process: the experienced weaver must precisely dye the threads and place them correctly onto the loom in order to obtain the correct pattern when woven.
OUR IKAT HOMEWARE RANGE
This A/W season we launch our first Homeware range entirely crafted through the Ikat technique by our Artisans in Myanmar. The vibrant colours are enhanced by this particular craft process. The final result is a richly textured yet smooth broken strata of colour, which adds a sophisticated flavour to our cushions, eye-masks, and scrunchies.