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MAKING | I DREAM OF IKAT

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We recently made a trip to Pochampally, Hyderabad, India in the first week of August to visit a few new potential production partners and investigate new artisan techniques to bring on board the MATTER ship. I had just begun to understand the variations of blockprinting and I’d been told, if you think blockprinting is hard, you have no idea what ikat has in store for you.

Only after visiting did I fully comprehend the mindblowing intricacy of this globally dispersed craft. Ikat is a tie and dye technique where yarns are resist dyed in a specific pattern to achieve the final textile pattern after its woven. This V&A post shows the process well.

Part of the allure of ikat for MATTER is its near universal presence - much like blockprinting, which started in China and spread to Indonesia, India, and is basically the foundation for the printed word. Ikat can be found through South East Asia, India, Japan, Central Asia, and even Central and South America. (I’d name the countries but you can go to Wiki for that.)

There is something very beautiful about the fact that this art of textile weaving has been practiced for centuries; that people all over the world in various cultures bring to life designs and motifs that are woven in the same way but hold separate meanings. In this light, we’re inspired for the Ikat editions in 2015 to reflect this cultural journey - connected through the weft of time. 

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