Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A craft in which one tie-dyes and weaves yarn to create an intricately designed fabric.
  • n. The fabric so created.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A style of weaving that uses a process similar to tie-dye to dye the threads.
  • n. A work woven in this style.

Etymologies

Malay, tying, binding.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Malay ikat ("to bind"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They are ethnic because they use a style of dying called ikat, and also probably because they have a vaguely animal-print design.

    MORE “ETHNIC” FASHION » Sociological Images

  • Thibault, meanwhile, sells its made-in-the-U.S. ikat, which is 137 centimeters wide, for $73 a yard (or about $80 a meter).

    The Ties That Bind

  • Linggageni Aditama sells its ikat, which is 35 centimeters wide, for $4.40 a yard (or about $4.80 a meter).

    The Ties That Bind

  • Greg Mortenson is the founder of nonprofit Central Asia Institute www. ikat.org and co-author of New York Times bestseller ‘Three Cups of Tea’ www. threecupsoftea.com

    Greg Mortenson biography

  • Madeline Weinrib's ikat prints are also irresistible and her yellow is a ray of light.

    Mad About Saffron

  • Photograph by Tobias Harvey Irwin's showroom, with ikat rugs from a collection launched in 2010

    London's Cult Rug Designer

  • For a more beachy/weekend feel, there's Mango's peasant dress in black-and-yellow floral print with burlap belting (£34.90), or Anthropologie's above-the-knee, pink, gray and yellow ikat print by Porridge (£98).

    Spring's Prints Charming?

  • The tailoring is all about heritage, and we decided to add something from my own heritage -- Uzbekistan handwoven silks with ikat prints.

    Julie Vacca: Sartorial Bespoke

  • The curtains are made up in Mr. Dunham's ikat stripe material with a dark background.

    Restraint With a Kick

  • Piermarco Menini Piero Castellini and his son, Nicolo, in Piero's apartment, one of the locations used in the 2009 film 'I Am Love' The parallel universes of the Castellinis and the fictitious Recchis of "I Am Love" intertwine and overlap like the weave of an ikat fabric.

    Touching the Fabric of Italian Life

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