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July 19, 2012  | by: Olivia Kamara

From the runway to home goods, it seems as though ikat is showing up everywhere- and we’re loving it! This popular traditional print has taken on a new task of adding a decorative touch to everything from dresses to throw pillows.

Ikat is a dying technique that’s commonly used in South East Asia and South America. It is made using a traditional process in which strands of thread are hand-dyed using a resist method, and then woven by hand using a loom. Ikat incorporates triangular shapes and bold geometric patterns, creating a bright and bold overall effect, similar to tye-dye.

Pier 1 ikat ceramic measuring cups

Home goods stores like Pier 1 Imports offer a wide range of ikat inspired designs, with everything from ceramic measuring cups to wing chairs.

The world of fashion has also caught the ikat bug; designers like Balenciaga and Gucci both released looks with the popular ikat print.

You can find pants, tops, skirts, dresses and almost every other article of clothing in an ikat print, so it wouldn’t be hard to put together an on trend look.

You can pair your ikat prints with solids and more basic colors that coordinate with your Ikat print of choice. But if you like to live on the rebellious side of fashion, you should try introducing your bold ikat with loud, color block  accessories and if you want to go even further, you should try pairing it with another bold and fun print.
With ikat popping up everywhere, you would be hard pressed to not stumble upon this fun print in your travels.

How do you feel about ikat?

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