I want to share with you my current love affair with Ikat. I knew from the second that I laid my eyes on Ikat that it was love at first sight, a match made in Heaven that was meant to last forever…no, don’t run away quite yet! I have not suddenly turned to writing erotic novels or talking about my latest conquest on DatingDirect.com, it’s strictly business as usual here as one of the hottest patterns in the design world right now has resurfaced from its ancient roots — Ikat! So hot in fact that these strong motifs have been catapulted onto the catwalks for the Spring-Summer 2010 fashion runway by Gucci. Now, before all you fashionistas out there even start baulking at the thought of something that is “soooo 2010”, Ikat is more than just a trend that will fizzle out after one season, it has become a designer’s staple whose origins can be traced back to pre-Colombian Central and South American cultures – although Ikat has subsequently been more widely adopted in Southeast Asia.
The word “Ikat” means “to tie” or “to bind” and this refers to tightly tying sections of thread and dipping them in the dye pot. Areas of thread that are tied resist the tint and that is how the lively pattern is created before the fabric is woven by hand. This traditional method is understandably quite expensive but there now are more affordable offerings, albeit the fact that the fabric is now mainly mass-produced, that come in various eye-catching patterns and colours to create a beautiful focal point in any room: rugs, curtains, furniture, bedding, frames, wallpaper, bowls, upholstered cushions chairs and many more, you name it you have it! Even the lovers of minimalist aesthetic, clean lines and simple colour palettes may appreciate a cheerful touch of Ikat here and there to freshen up a space and infuse rooms with renewed energy.
In this day and age where everything seems to be focused on the next “big thing” or the “latest crush”, it is a comforting thought to know that Ikat can now safely be regarded as a classic and timeless element of design. Like everything else in life, better choose something that goes the distance!
Ever heard of DIY Ikat? Look no further than the 2 examples below! Agreed, the headboard might be a little tricky but it is stunning and Design Sponge offers you great advice on how to achieve the look!