Keeping and Eye on Ikat

06 Sep
The trend for Ikat is nothing new, both in terms of it’s origins, and in terms of it’s resurgence in the designs of current fashion and styles. It’s longevity and continual appearance in interior and fashion magazines is possibly due to the fact that, whilst it is distinctive in it’s style and bold patterns, it will sit alongside most styles and fashions quite comfortably.  Whether you are looking for a bohemian, tribal, or clean modern feel you can generally find something to suit.
Call me a little nosey, but I just love to know how something is created in it’s true form….and as a result of my snooping I stumbled upon this beautiful photo essay “Silk to Ikat. Artisans Along the Silk Road. Central Asia, Uzbekistan” by photographer Edward Addeo, which also won a place in the 2012 the World in Focus travel photography contest, which I though I would share (hope he does not mind), as well as a couple of ideas of how you can use at home…

The making of a traditional Ikat print is quite a process.  The Ikat’s colour pattern requires that the thread be dyed before it is woven. The method, called resist-dye, involves tightly binding the thread at intervals to protect the bound section from dyeing, resulting in only selective sections of the thread being coloured. This process is applied in one of three ways: dyeing of the warp (the vertical thread stretched along the loom), the weft (the horizontal thread woven across the loom) or thedouble Ikat method, whereby both the weft and warp threads are dyed before stringing on the loom and weaving begins.

All photo’s ©Edward Addeo – via

Ikat Style

Here are some of my favourite Ikat accessories and looks for the home…
Luke Irwin – Ikat rug collection
Anthro Anthro
 Watercolour Michele Varian handcrafted pillows for Anthropologie

A statement piece of furniture through to a wall covering….

…or just brighten up your kitchen window ledge, or drab office desk with these quirky ikat fabric bowls from Bansot on Etsy

BANSOT - ikat fabric bowl in orange
…..on with the colourful journey………

Posted by on September 6, 2012 in Art, Fabric, Interior Design, Travel, Trends, US Designers


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5 responses to “Keeping and Eye on Ikat

  1. Joh Trapnell

    September 6, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Hi all at Birdcagedesign, was viewing morning post from The Elephant Room which led me to your pages and story on Keeping an Eye on Ikat! I’m a bit like you and have always been fascinated at the thought of where the story begins….I’m particulary infatuated with Linen at the moment yum!anyway i enjoyed your pages and informative too.I’m in the process of launching a FB business page and would love for you to view my work and maybe a like!on suitejoh Business page the like button is on the right hand side of page (i only say this cause some people have trouble finding it)much appreciated if you do.I’m also a mad pinner ,instagramerand and have a shop on ETSY (not a lot in stock at the moment but im working on it)all under same name suitejoh.Thank for reading on regards Joh .

    • birdcagedesign

      September 6, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      Thanks Joh, I am glad you have stumbled upon my blog and are enjoying, i will be sure to check out your work 🙂

  2. This Sydney Life

    September 6, 2012 at 9:35 am

    BCD – an educational post! Cheers Possum!

  3. apartments i like

    September 7, 2012 at 3:42 am

    This weave is all over the place! Great post!


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