Friday, 26 March 2010
Microtrend: Ikat print
My favourite material are the Ikat prints from Indonesia. Ikat is a specific way to tie-dye material by binding and dyeing the thread before it is woven.
Everytime summer comes around I find something in this Ikat print to buy, it may be a scarf, or a top or a pillow. I can't resist this luxurious material, check out the V&A's article on Making Ikat Cloth it is quite amazing! Also, over on The Business of Fashion, there is a lengthy article on Indonesia's fashion industry which highlights the Ikat and similar Batik craftmanship in the country.
Dries Van Noten is a lover of this print, and this year I am coveting the "Floyd" tassle scarf at Browns focus. This costs £465, so I think I will need to find an alternative in the high street.