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A Look into the Indian Ikat Print

Ikat: A Timeless Textile Art That Connects Tradition and Innovation

With its huge fame and traditional background, the Indian Ikat print is popular around the world. This is a textile art used to dye fabric with beautiful designs. Ikat has a long history as the sculpture was highly accepted in countryside regions. Throughout the centuries, artisans of different countries developed this technique in modern times with more facilitation.  

Ikat: A Global Tapestry of History and Heritage

Ikat has become one of the most popular printing techniques across India and other countries. But India, Japan, and Indonesia are extremely familiar with this art. In the 16th century, this art had traditions existing in Latin America, Europe, Spain, Dutch and other nations. In India, Ajanta caves have enough proof of the existence of Ikat art in the 7th century CE. 

Techniques of Ikat Design 

There is a range of Ikat patterns admired by Indian and International artisans and designers. Some elaborate patterns include various geometrical and symmetrical motifs and shapes. For crafting these designs, Ikat is classified into multiple forms- 

Wrap Ikat: Intricate Thread and Dye Resistant Artistry

Wrapping of threads closely with other dye-resistant substances is called the wrap Ikat technique. Sometimes this process is time-consuming as it is repeated many times and it depends on the number of color materials or yarns to be used for creating the complete design/motifs. In the current time, Wrap Ikat is performed in Andhra Pradesh (Koyyalagudem village and Chirala town) and Telangana (Nalgonda district). 

Weft Ikat: Incorporating Time-Intensive Art into Textile Traditions

In this technique, the weaving process includes resist dyeing for the weft threads. The process is precisely time-consuming as it is difficult to weave with other colored materials. In the weft process, the thread is woven into the wraps making it complicated in order to produce the design. High attention and practice are required to complete the process with clarity. Indigo, white, and red etc dyes are used for creating small skill motifs while weaving weft Ikat. Designers in Gujarat and Orissa have high proficiency in producing beautiful weft patterns including geometrical motifs and scripts.

Double Ikat: The Most Ultimate Artistry in Precision Dye-Resisting

The technique incorporates dye-resisting of both wrap and weft before crafting, known as double Ikat.  The Double Ikat technique requires laborers with high dexterity in order to produce the precise design. India, Indonesia, and Japan are the regions where artisans are passionate about incorporating this technique. In India, Nalgonda ( Telangana ) and Patan( Gujarat) are the most renowned places of double Ikat practice. 


Indian states, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, and Gujarat created some exceptional traditional prints by using Ikat thereby Indian Ikat crafting is well-liked for the high-end designs. Besides, we can see a high-level modernization in Ikat print with a range of color combinations and motif structures. And so, this precision-rich technique is integrated as eco-friendly using fine-quality elements.  

JOVI Fashion is a women's ethnic clothing online shopping store, where you can find a variety of Ikat printed outfits. Moreover, we produce some other graceful patterns of women's clothing with designs of floral prints, Dabu prints, Ajrakh, and others. 

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