Lovely Monday: Ikat
There are many reasons to love ikat fabric. It comes in gorgeous patterns and beautiful colors. It adds a bit of an exotic touch to a room and can just as easily be used to add an eclectic touch to a formal room (in a damask pattern for example) as being used in a modern, eclectic room.
The first time I really started paying attention to it was when I was in New York last year, browsing a great little book store near Bryant Park with lots of design books. One of the books I looked at that stuck with me was a collection of ikat fabrics.
What had me intrigued was the fact that ikat is widely used in Indonesia. It is also common in other cultures around the world and an ancient way of weaving fabric. Wikipedia tells me, though, that ikat is an Indonesian word, which can mean cord, thread, knot or refer to the ikat fabric itself, as well as mean “to tie” or “to bind”.
This all connects to the way it is made by weaving and/or knotting.
My dad was born in Indonesia and therefore things with an Indonesian connection have a bit of special meaning for me.
I think that in decorating your house, it is important to pay attention to those things in life that you love because it has special meaning to you. Of course, it doesn’t have anything to do at all with your ethnic background, but for me, that is one of the things that I like to play with (as you can probably tell from my blog title!).
As you can see above, the fabric I scanned in to use for my blog header is an ikat fabric. I love the soft grey color of it and the subtle woven in pattern. I picked it up when I was in Amsterdam and plan to turn it into a pillow.
Here are some lovely images that involve ikat:
Hope your week is off to a good start!
1. Fabric by Madline Weinrib, not sure where the image came from.
2. Elle Decor
3. Photo by John Bessler