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Ikat: Poetry On Loom

The word ”ikat” is derived from the Malay word ”mengikat”, meaning to tie or to bind. Ikat is a resist-dyeing technique used to create patterned textiles. Portions of the yarn are wrapped and dyed according to a predetermined pattern. Typically, this process is repeated several times before it is woven into the fabric. The dyed yarn is then positioned on the loom and the weaving begins. With each movement, the warp and weft interlace, and there emerges a complex design on the finished fabric.

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