Ikat Weaving

The word 'ikat' refers to the process of resist-dyeing, where bundles of yarn are tightly wrapped together and then dyed to create the desired pattern on the fabric. This is an incredibly complicated process, as the weaver has to precisely dye the threads, and place them correctly on the loom so it forms the desired pattern when woven into cloth. Usually either the warp or the weft yarn is resist-dyed. When both the yarns are dyed, it's called Double Ikat - a rare craft that now survives only in India, Japan, Guatemala and Indonesia.