Textiles

ABOUT IKAT 


Ikat is an Indonesian word and it means „to tie“ or „to bind“ – which is a central step during its production. At the beginning bundles of yarns, mostly cotton or silk, are tied very tightly according to the desired patterns and then dyed. The design of motifs woven vary from place to place where the ikat is produced. Read more about the patterns we use further down the page.

Woven cloth is then made by interweaving the colored (warp and weft) threads on a loom. None of the looms are machine operated - ikat is fully handcrafted. It is a very complicated process and the weavers have to be able to work with high precision to get the right pattern. Depending on the pattern and the type of the loom, a weaver can only make between 30cm to 150cm of ikat every day. Every piece of ikat is unique.

Traditionally ikat is used as a long skirt (sarong) for both men and women. It also plays an important role in the lives of Indonesians such as in religious ceremonies, weddings, birth celebrations or healing rituals. However, like many other traditional crafts, there are fewer and fewer people who weave and mass produced clothing is more popular - not only in modern cities. By using ikat we are giving more attention to traditional textiles and local artisans, and in that way we hope to encourage local weavers to keep producing this beautiful fabric full of cultural heritage.



PATTERNS

 
This fabric was handwoven in Troso, Central Java. Troso has become one of the most famous weaving villages in Indonesia. Unlike in other regions, most of the weavers from this village are men. Apart from using traditional patterns, Troso is also well known for its modern patterns and bright colours such as this one.
This beautiful deep blue ikat was handwoven in the island of Gods – Bali. Traditional woven textile plays a big role in the life of Balienese people, from religious ceremonies to everyday clothing. Ikat is very present in Bali, making the island a very colourful one.  Depending on the way the fabric is made and the pattern it has, ikat from Bali has many names. The fabric we chose for our Aninda dress, is called endek and is traditionally used as sarong.
This gorgeous ikat comes from Palembang in South Sumatra – an area well known for ist very high craftmanship. Palembang ikat is also famous for its lavish use of golden thread - an influence of India. We’re in love with this simple version with one of the most typical ikat motifs: geometric diamonds.
This fabric is a traditional ikat, handwoven in Troso, Central Java - one of the most well known weaving villages in Indonesia, where the majority of the inhabitants work as weavers. The region is also famous for using floral pattern like the one woven on this wonderful ikat, which also a characteristic of Indonesia as a tropical country.
This lovely ikat is handwoven in Troso, Central Java. Troso is one of the most famous weaving villages in Java. Unlike in other regions, most of the weavers from this village are men. The pattern of this ikat is called Lumbung, which means rice barn – an essential to Indonesian villages to store and to dry harvested rice, which is the staple food of the country.
This simple yet elegant pattern comes from the village Troso in Central Java- one of the most important weaving villages in Indonesia. Geometric pattern is one of the most popular patterns used in weaving ikat. However, such a minimalistic pattern with only a few colours like the one we use for our dungaree Bulan is considered a rarity in the colourful world of Indonesian ikat.