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Blue & White Double Ikat Dupatta

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Blue & White Double Ikat Dupatta

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Blue & White Double Ikat Dupatta

The Story

In an ethos that looked down upon manual labour, the Gandhi’s charkha aspired to cut across caste and class boundaries to show men the dignity of hand-labor. Therefore, post independent India saw a revival of Indian arts, crafts and culture as a reaction to a dominating western influence.

Of the multiple number of weaving techniques found in the subcontinent, Ikat is known to be one of the most complex ones. Apart from India, Ikat appears in many other cultures like in Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Guatemala and Turkey. Even as it stands as one of the oldest pattern weaving techniques, it gained prominence during the 19th century when Ikats from Central Asia were traded as currency in the fabled Silk Route.

Chirala distrcit in present day Andhra Pradesh has been traced to be the oldest centre of Ikat weaving industry in India. Another handloom centre developed when weavers from Chirala migrated to Nalgonda district. Silk sarees from the Patan district in Gujarat known as Patola weaves are also known for their exquisite character.

The Process

The creativity of Ikat begins 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 word Ikat, (pronounced as ee-kaht) has its origins in the Malaysian word 'mengikat,' literally meaning 'to tie’. This is because the threads are tied in rubber seals or wax (or other dye resistant materials), dyed, sorted, rewrapped and dyed again until it forms a proper pattern when it is woven on the loom. Having dyed the yarn, it is painstakingly arranged according to the exact configuration of the final pattern. This inaccurate color distribution on the yarn results in an enchanting look of blurred edges in the finished designs.

In warp Ikat the patterns are clearly visible in the warp threads on the loom even before the plain colored weft is introduced to produce the fabric. In weft Ikat it is the weaving or weft thread that carries the dyed patterns which only appear as the weaving proceeds. In weft ikat the weaving proceeds much slower than in warp ikat as the passes of the weft must be carefully adjusted to maintain the clarity of the patterns.

Double Ikat is a technique in which both warp and the weft are resist-dyed prior to stringing on the loom. Double Ikat is only produced in three countries: India, Japan and Indonesia. The double ikat of Japan is a type of kasuri. It is woven in the Okinawa islands where it is called tate-yoko gasuri. In Indonesia it is only made in one small Bali Aga village, Tenganan in east Bali. The double ikat of India is predominantly woven in Gujarat and is called patola and it is also woven in Puttapaka, Nalgonda District, India and is called Puttapaka.

Measurements: Length - 2.5 meters, Width - 36 inches

Care: Dry clean only

Color: Blush Green, Turquoise

Material: Cotton: 100% Natural

Craft Process: Weaving: Ikat

Product Note: This is a handcrafted product from artisans and producer groups and due to the nature of the product, slight variation in colors or design may occur. Any slight irregularities are distinctive and are inherent to the beauty of this creation as it is meticulously crafted by hand.

Shipping & Delivery: You can expect the delivery of this product within 3 - 5 working days from the date of your order. Returns are accepted within 7 days from the date of receipt of your order.

Product Note: This is a handcrafted product from artisans and producer groups and due to the nature of the product, slight variation in colors or design may occur. Any slight irregularities are distinctive and are inherent to the beauty of this creation as it is meticulously crafted by hand.

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