Ikat woven with cotton
Have you seen an ikat textile being woven?
The yarn that is already dyed to precision is mounted as the warp. When the weaver begins to weave, the weft lines fit themselves into exact desired patterns. The more I see it, the less I have seen of it. How does this clever geometry happen?
Ikat is an textile art form from Indonesia, adapted and absorbed in various cultures across the world, including India, carrying with it the regional flavours of each new country.. The word ikat is an Indonesian word which means to bind.
Tali Threads and ropes
Ikat Tied, bound or knotted
Celupan dyed by dipping much like tie and dye
Berjalin woven or intertwined
The calculation of the dyeing process is meticulous, to the point of predicting the exact position of each warp’s vertical line against each weft’s horizontal ones, intersecting at exact right angle that creates the motifs the weaver wishes to achieve. The clarity of the Ikat is directly proportion of the fine counts of the yarn as well as skill of the artisan.
I chose to call this dupatta Kecakapan, to give homage to the roots of Ikat. Kecakapan is an Indonesian word for prowess, proficiency, ability, capacity, competence, essential qualities needed to craft an Ikat weave together.