Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Malay, tying, binding.]

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Malay ikat ("to bind").

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

  • 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 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

  • 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

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

    Restraint With a Kick

  • 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?

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