Ikat is a traditional weaving technique native to India, Uzbekistan and Indonesia. Warp and weft yarns are dyed in mathematically calculated spots to reveal a pre-visualised design. The slight miscalculations of this hand-made method result in the signature “wave” like smudges on the outer edges.
With our Ikat collection, we work with weaving families in the villages of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in the south of India. Their traditional eastern weaving style realising contemporary European designs is an ongoing collaboration of cultures.
Our handmade double-ikat scarves are all unique in their subtle design variations owing to their hand-woven origins and are made from 100% Cotton or Cotton-Silk blends.
Each design takes anywhere from 6 weeks to 2 months to fully realise the design. The extremely precise process begins in redrawing the design onto weaving loom grids. Then the un-dyed yarns are laid out in order and are blocked in specific places with rubber bands. Then they are dipped into massive vats of dyes, one colour after another- removing each specific rubber band as they proceed from light to dark colours.
Finally, the dyed yarns are left to dry in the sun before they are setup on a small to medium sized handloom. These looms are usually setup in the family homes of the weavers and various members of the family participate in the entire process. Each weaver leaves his or her own signature style in the final product.