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Ikat, the most marvellous of handloom weaving:
Exceptional fabrics ready to use as tablecloths, curtains, throws, bedspreads.

4 distinct designs, each in choice of colourschemes. Edges hemmed all round.
Up to 3 sizes.   Follow the links by the photographs above for information and to order.

India has a very long history of weaving – her skills of using hand looms stretch back many centuries.
    Since the introduction and progression of the «industrial revolution» that began in the UK, much of handloom craft has been lost from modern India. The Gujarat city of Ahmedabad is sometimes described as «the Manchester of India» because of the number of mills established there making huge quantities of fabric on machines powered by burning carbon fuels.


   Gandhi slogan «Salvation of India lies in cottages»   
   around drawing of handloom

    Yet the hand spinning of yarn and its weaving on hand operated looms – qualities that were greatly praised by Gandhi – thankfully continues in a number of places despite the competition from mechanized looms.

    Whilst machine made fabric can appear «perfect», it does lack the texture of slight irregularities that are a joyful hallmark of genuine craft where each piece is unique.
    Those in the know, choose handloom.

    Craft made weaving displays within it evidence of the attention, care and energy of the person who at the loom created each piece of fabric row by row.



   Part of border from «Saree» fabric

    Handloom weaving is always extremely complex work, but the combination of mental and physical effort is much greater when the fabric contains patterns formed by the incorporation of different or uniquely dyed yarns.



   Weaver at his loom

    But of all weaving, surely authentic ikat must be demonstration of the greatest skill....

    The extraordinary creativity of ikat begins back with the yarn, even before the dyeing process.
    This is because every single piece of yarn in ikat carries on it detail of the larger pattern that the eye sees on the finished cloth.

    The yarn itself is patterned. Along each length of yarn the colour changes according to the precise formula necessary for the greater fabric design of which it forms a part.
    Close examination of a piece of ikat yarn will reveal places along the length that are dyed and also places that are not dyed – or are dyed in different colours, as required by the design of the completed fabric.


   Ikat yarn showing coloured stripes
How is this done?

    Before weaving can begin, and even before the yarn is dyed, an expert carefully measures out on the yarn the scheme of the eventual pattern.
    Those parts of each length of yarn that need to remain undyed are tightly bound over with rubber seals and tied.



   Marking out the pattern on the yarn   



   Fixing bands around the yarn   

    After this, the whole lengths of yarn go into the dyeing vat where the uncovered sections of yarn receive the dye but the sealed bound over parts remain undyed.
    Out from the vat and dried, the rubber bindings are removed to reveal lengths of yarn each one with striped patterns.
    This binding over and dyeing process is often repeated for additional colours on the same lengths of yarn.


   Ikat yarn showing coloured stripes


   Dyeing the yarn in small batches   

Dyeing is done in small batches. 

   Yarn undyed and dyed (with binding tied on)   

Undyed yarn (on left); Dyed red with binding still tied (right).     Eventually, after all that preparation, the yarn can be carefully set up as warp on the loom, with the striped yarn painstakingly arranged according to the exact configuration of the final pattern.
    Now at last can the weaving begin. Only after that is finished can the final effect of ikat be fully appreciated – patterns of vibrant colour with slightly «ghosted» edges. Ikat appears exactly the same on either side of the fabric.
    For «single ikat» patterned yarn is used only in the warp with plain single colour or undyed yarn forming the weft.
    In «double ikat» both warp and weft are patterned yarn.
    Borders are usually plain weaving without any pattern.



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   Weaver at his loom



   Part of border from «Saree» fabric



   Co-op members with   
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This amazing ikat craft is known to have existed in India since at least the 6th century. During the 13th and 14th centuries, the weaving was exported eastwards and reached Indonesia, where the technique was later copied. The word ikat comes from the Malay-Indonesian expression «manigikat», which means to bind, knot or wind around.

Nowadays, ikat is still done in some parts of Indonesia (their ikat usually distinguished by very dark colourschemes) and also in a few villages in India – mostly in the states of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh.

All our ikat comes from one village in Andhra Pradesh. Weaving here is done in the workrooms of individual families but the weavers found that they were exploited by merchants and traders. A man called Konda Laxman Bapuji, son from a weaving family (and later a prominent socialist politician), was the inspiration and founder for a cooperative society that was formed in the village in 1950.



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Every family in the village joined the co-op, and by working together in a fully coordinated way, weavers have been able to increase their earning per metre of fabric by a third. The society's administration assists with procurement of materials and, of course, with coordination for export.

Sales through One Village are important for the survival of the society and of the craft in this Andhra Pradesh village.

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Handloom weaving of hand dyed millmade 100% cotton yarn.
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   Ikat fabric, «spectrum», red   
   Throws, bedcovers, tablecloths, instant curtains....   



   Ikat fabric, «spectrum», red   
   Throws, bedcovers, tablecloths, instant curtains....   

Ikat spectrum red 

   Ikat fabric, «spectrum», blue   
   Throws, bedcovers, tablecloths, instant curtains....


   Ikat fabric, «spectrum», blue   
   Throws, bedcovers, tablecloths, instant curtains....   

Ikat spectrum blue


   Ikat fabric, «spectrum», green   
   Throws, bedcovers, tablecloths, instant curtains....


   Ikat fabric, «spectrum», green   
   Throws, bedcovers, tablecloths, instant curtains....   

Ikat spectrum green


   Ikat fabric, «spectrum», grey   
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   Ikat fabric, «spectrum», grey   
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Ikat spectrum grey


   Ikat fabric, «chequered», green   



   Ikat fabric, «chequered», green   

Ikat Chequered


   Ikat fabric, «saree», burgundy   
   Throws, bedcovers, tablecloths, instant curtains....


   Ikat fabric, «saree», burgundy      
   Throws, bedcovers, tablecloths, instant curtains....   

Ikat saree, burgundy


   Ikat fabric, «saree», blue   
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   Ikat fabric, «saree», blue   
   Throws, bedcovers, tablecloths, instant curtains....   

Ikat saree, blue


   Ikat fabric, «quattro», brown   
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   Ikat fabric, «quattro», brown   
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   Ikat fabric, «quattro», blue   
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   Ikat fabric, «quattro», blue   
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Coming soon


   Ikat fabric, «chequered», yellow   



   Ikat fabric, «chequered», yellow   

Ikat Chequered

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