When you think of ikat – intricate diamond shaped patterns, curved scroll and paisley designs come to mind. Do you know, what seems like printed designs on fabric is actually a complex weaving style that uses specially dyed threads to develop a pattern on the fabric as the weaver weaves along?
The special thing about ikat weaving in India is that each region – AP, Odisha & Gujarat, has evolved their own style of dyeing and weaving of the yarns.
Ikkat from AP (Telia Rumaal and Pochampally Ikat) – One of the most unique of all Indian ikat weaving forms is the Telia Rumal from Andhra Pradesh, where the yarn is not only tied-dyed, but is also treated with a special oil to give the fabric a characteristic sheen.
Ikkat from Odisha (Sambalpuri & Pasapalli) – Other types of ikat patterns are primarily made in Odisha in India. Sambalpur, Bargarh, Sonepur and Boudh are the areas in Odisha, where this form of ikat is woven. In Odisha, it is also called bandha. The yarns used are fine, and the designs often have animal motifs and curvilinear patterns.
Ikkat from Gujarat (Patan & Rajkot Patola) – The most intricate and labour-intensive of all the ikat designs are the ones that are made using the double ikat weaving technique. The patterns are finer and often have a floral, circular and paisley motif. The designs appear smoother and sharper. Smaller booti patterns and bold geometrical lines also define this weaving form.
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