Ikat, pronounced “ee-kaht,” is a technique and style that originated in Asia and South America. While the pattern comes from a variety of countries, the term “Ikat” that we use today stems from the Indonesian tradition.
Ikat is a resist dyeing technique where the threads used for weaving are dyed beforehand. The Ikat threads are bound in a pattern so that the threads covered by the binding “resist” the dye, which forms into a pattern. The more binding done before weaving, the more intricate the design. Now, the blurry designs made popular by this Ikat tradition have become highly sought after and recreated in more modern approaches, including the use of other products like pillows and clothing.