Ikkat is a famous technique of weaving that incorporates tie and dye threads into true works of art. It is a lengthy and exhaustive process.
The yarn is first measured and prepared, it is painstakingly marked according to the design, the resist dye areas are wrapped in cycle rubber then dyed. This process is repeated for the number of dyes the design has, as few as two and as many as 7 even 8. After dyeing, the warp is stretched out and each thread kept in strict order to maintain the dye and pattern. It is then loaded onto the loom, where the weaver gives it the unique feathered design.
What emerges at the end is a collaborative effort. A highly synchronous art that involves many busy hands, young and old, male and female. Most often an entire family right from the grandparents to the grand kids carry out specific tasks, to create one end piece.
Distinctive in their colours and patterns, these handloom Ikkats are made with 100% genuine silk and zari.