"To understand is to perceive patterns."-Isaiah Berlin
ikat (noun) an ancient style of weaving that uses dyeing similar to tie-dye to create a pattern or design by dyeing the warp yarns or weft yarns. Originating in India and Southeast Asia, the pattern can be found in many cultures around the world. In current fashion, ikat has become an "it" print in clothing, home decor and accessories.
What do Michelle Obama, Sonia Gandhi, and Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Indrawati all have in common? Influential? Ranked on the Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women in the World list? Spotted in one of this summer's hottest prints? Check, check and a gigantic ikat check.
Although some may argue it's been a summer of ikat overload, looking at the diversity of the exotic and vibrant print, it's no surprise why the design has been so popular in fashion and home decor. (To be honest, we're really fibbing by even calling ikat a true trend, it has been a constant in fashion and home decor for years) And to add to the intrigue of the ancient print, some cultures think actual ikat cloths (since they are so difficult and timely to make) are "imbued with magical powers." It's no wonder the powerful and influential gravitate towards it.
All summer PR has been collecting some ikat looks on the PR bulletin board. From the inspiration of the Balenciaga and Oscar de la Renta runways to traditional saris with ikat borders, there are a number of ways to incorporate the print into your look.
Pictured on the bulletin board clockwise: Oscar de la Renta ikat ballerina flats, Ikat fringe scarves, Cleobella Ikat Tote, Ikat Silk Pillow (Etsy), Balenciaga Fall 2009 runway, Winding Pathways Chemise from Anthropologie, Anja Bag in Ikat Print by Pink Posie (Etsy), Oscar de la Renta ikat bubble dress, Jcrew Ikat Halter Dress, Forever 21 Blurred Ikat Print Skirt in Black, Target Khandara Chair
Pictured in inset: Myne Printed Silk Skirt
image sources:saksfifthavenue.com, shopstyle.com, etsy.com, anthropologie.com, jcrew.com, forever21.com, target.com, bergdorfgoodman.com, shopbop.com