No, it’s not a Rorschach test on the mannequin in your local store window. It’s an ikat pattern, one of the oldest forms of textile decoration, done with a method of weaving that uses a resist dyeing pattern. The dye is applied prior to the weaving and the result is an energetically bright and eye-catching pattern, so captivating, that some cultures even believe the cloth is filled with magical powers.
Ikat is one of the oldest forms of textile decoration, but there is nothing dated about the patterns that noted top designers such as Dries Van Noten, Balenciaga and Cynthia Vincent have included in their collections. Ikat is strong and bold, a little wild and whether you’re headed to brunch, or hitting the town, it’s an all ages, all seasons, and all occasions sort of look.
Traditionally ikat designs may have been symbols of wealth and power, but lucky for you, there’s not need to break the bank to get a leg up and into this fashion statement.
Check out stores like Forever21 who have stylish and inexpensive options for your ikat fix. Wear this top with a pair of skinny chinos and leather bound sandals or heels. J.Crew has their own ikat take on their popular 4” chino short. Wear them to the beach or a picnic. And for those willing to take a bolder approach, it isn’t a traditional ikat, but these blue tie-dye ikat-esque stunners from Top Shop are a showstopper and a true-blue visual representation of the beach during the summer.
Dream-weavers really do exist this summer!