Weddings are all about personalization and a hand crafted touch on the fabric for your big day can be magical. Ikat, or ikkat, is a dyeing technique used to pattern textiles that employs resist dyeing on the yarns prior to dyeing and weaving the fabric. Double ikats—in which both the warp and weft yarns are tied and dyed before being woven into a single textile—are relatively rare because of the intensive skilled labour required to produce them. They are produced in Bhoodan Pochampally in Telangana in India. In fact, many other parts of India have their indigenous Ikat weaving techniques. Orissa’s Sambalpuri Ikat is quite different from the sharp Ikat patterns, woven in Patan of Gujarat. The latter, known as Patan Patola, is one of the rarest forms of double Ikat, which takes a lot of time and effort in dyeing and weaving. A different form of Patola ikat is made in Rajkot, Gujarat. Telia Rumal made in Andhra, Pasapalli from Odisha and Puttapaka from Telangana are other Indian Ikats.
Although this fabric has been around for decades, brides are catching up quickly on this trend as it gains attention once again. Pretty designs are now worn with an exclusive combination of kanjivaram. The sophisticated Ikat fabric is now a much adored bridal wear. Wear them as sarees, this age old attire cannot be loved enough or you can indulge in interesting fusions of half sarees, maxis or even make contrast Ikat blouses with smart silk saree. That would be quite out of the box.
Two simple things to keep in mind while you play with your Ikat is
- Contrast your outfit. You can choose between a bright color duo or something subtle, but color contrasts work the best.
- Keep the other fabric simpler. Since Ikats are fully dyed fabrics, they tend to be loud, so a simpler fabric in contrast will balance the whole look.
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