HCC Portfolio- Ikat Collections

i.kat  /ˈikɑt/  [ee-kaht ] –noun

a method of printing woven fabric by tie-dyeing the warp yarns (warp ikat), the weft yarns (weft ikat), or both (double ikat) before weaving.

Ikat is a method that has been used for thousands of years in India, Africa, and Japan.  In Japan is it called Kasuri.  Yarns or threads can be pulled when setting up the loom before weaving to create certain designs with the resist dyed technique. This is a very labor intensive process but the results are so beautiful and intricate that I couldn't resist trying it out!

Twill Ikat Dress Coat
I dyed the wrap threads using the ikat resist method.
The warp threads started out very multi-colored, then were vat dyed black.
 The weft yarns are dyed solid gray.
100% cotton

This collection is currently on display at Western North Carolina's Fine Arts Museum.