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GETTING TECHNICAL // IKAT

Posted on August 19 2017

through the seasons, some of esby's most distinct pieces have been made with ikat fabric.

we wanted to let you know why we use it, and what makes it so special. let's get to know this method of textile fabrication.


linda in the navy ikat alice tunic from pre fall 17


ikat is fabric made using a decorative technique common in south and southeast asian countries in which the individual threads are tie-dyed prior to weaving. this means that every thread of every ikat pattern has to be meticulously thought out and measured before construction of the pattern begins.

the word ikat, pronounced "ee-kat", comes from the javanese (not a typo, we swear!) language and can refer to any aspect of the cloth; from the thread to the knot to the cord all the way to the finished ikat fabric. this speaks to the importance and dedication that the process itself has on the finished fabric.

weaving ikat is an extremely skilled craft and because  lining up the dyed yarns so that the pattern comes out perfectly in the finished cloth is so difficult, ikat is characterized and prized for the uniquely "blurry" imperfections in its patterns.



these patterned textiles date back to the beginning of textile manufacturing, deeming them one of the oldest known patterned textiles in the world. these fabrics have stood one of the longest tests of time and  the 100% cotton ikat from india we use for our clothing is top quality.

linda in the navy ikat alice tunic from pre fall 17

as the pattern is a part of the weave and not stamped or printed on post-production, every piece of our ikat clothing is a quintessential representation of a timeless and artisanal craft.



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