This month’s lust object is all things Ikat! Maybe it’s the sunshine that’s finally showing its face in my area, or maybe it’s that summer is just around the corner and for some reason, tribal-inspired and Ikat patterns say “summer” to me, but I’m feeling this pattern lately.

To be more precise, Ikat is not actually a pattern, but a technique for dyeing fabrics that are otherwise hard to dye. It’s a bit similar to tie-dyeing because bindings are applied to the threads in the pattern the dyer wants, and then it is dyed. Moving around the bindings and using more than one color make for beautiful and elaborate patterns. When the dying is finished, the bindings are removed and the threads are then ready to be woven into cloth.

“Ikat” is an Indonesian word that literally means “to tie.” Ikat is also mysterious! Since woven fabrics tend to have short lifespans, it is darn near impossible to figure out where Ikat originally came from. General consensus says that is was probably developed in a few different locations, but word on the street is that it was produced in pre-Columbian Central and South American countries.

Nowadays Ikat patterns are easy to replicate, so most of the stuff out there that you see with the pattern isn’t actually Ikat, but printed  in that style. It’s still super cute, though.

Also, if anyone wants to gift me that ridiculously expensive dress, feel free!

Ikat

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