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Ikat: A statement in itself

Author: Deepika
June 19, 2017

IkatThere is something about Ikat, a totally abstract design, blurry prints and no specific set of motifs, yet it is one of those fabrics that is evergreen. Ikat clothing is omnipresent, be it on fashion runways or in the wardrobe of the girl next door.

It is one of the oldest forms of weaving style and textile decoration. There is a certain mystery to our favourite textile, scholars have still not been able to determine where and how the technique to make Ikat cloth originated. Was it India? Indonesia? Or Japan? Who knows, but we do know this, most beautiful things in this world are usually shrouded in mystery. The word ‘Ikat’, though is of Indonesian origin. It means ‘to tie’ or ‘to bind’. In most cultures it is a fabric associated with esteem, prominence and repute. 


While shopping for your next silk saree or cotton dress, you might want to check if it is a Warp, Weft or Double Ikat. Double Ikat being the most expensive, so go ahead ladies show off your new found fashion knowledge. The price varies according to the complexity of the Ikat weaving technique. Therefore the ones with multiple colours, less blurriness and complicated Ikat patterns are sold at a higher price, as they require more time and skill by the craftsman.


The thing we love the most about Ikat is that it is as diverse as it gets. While you might associate this folksy fabric with a gorgeous South Indian damsel in a silk saree. The fabric looks just as beautiful as a kurta, a western dress, even pants and palazzos. So traditional, contemporary or western, whatever your style may be, adapting this multifaceted fabric, means no more fashion faux pas. 


  • Ikat kurtas are as sophisticated as they are fun. They give you a classic and elegant look and are super comfortable. They can be your go-to outfit for an official meeting or a festive party. Unique, graceful and coloured in so many hues, this multicoloured printed kurta from Dvibgyor's Ikat collection captures old world charm, like very few outfits can. Don’t you think? Combine these kurtas with little gold jhumkas and you are all set.


  • Capes ensure that you are all set for a summer holiday on a beautiful beach or enjoying a gorgeous sunset from a yacht. If you haven't yet owned the much in vogue, 'cape look' yet, we suggest you immediately discover the joy of wearing something so effortless. They look fabulous with denim, leggings, jeggings or even shorts. You cannot go wrong with a white or a monochrome ikat cape like this one. The convenient centre slit makes it super fun to twirl around on your holiday. Accessorise them with chunky bangles and juttis. Suave and chic airport look, Check!!


  • Pants and palazzos are another way to give the once traditional fabric a modern contemporary twist. Don’t we all find our office clothes too dull? Consider adding a splash of colour with this maroon cotton pant. Wear it with a crisp shirt to balance the look perfectly. What do we say about palazzos? They are everywhere. We aren’t complaining though. Ikat palazzos and pants look adorable with plain tunics and kurtis.


  • Ikat dresses: What do we say about these dresses, except that they are incredibly cute and charming. A gossipy brunch session with your girlfriends or a movie date with your boyfriend, the ikat dress can be your wardrobe staple. The silhouettes of these dresses are so incredibly soft and easy breezy. Case in point this gorgeous striped black and white dress. They can be awesome for this time of the year where the weather transitions from summer to monsoon. Adorn these time-adorned dresses with a small clutch and a choker necklace and make heads turn.


We truly believe that Ikat is a beautiful poetry of the hand-loom. 

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