a method of printing woven fabric by tie-dyeing the warp yarns (warp ikat), the weft yarns (weft ikat), or both (double ikat) before weaving.
a fabric made by this method.

Origin of ikat

1930–35; < Malay: to tie, bind
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Contemporary Examples of ikat

  • At the G-20 summit in Pittsburgh last May, she greeted other first wives in Thakoon's $2,075 Ikat print plissé number.

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British Dictionary definitions for ikat



a method of creating patterns in fabric by tie-dyeing the yarn before weaving

Word Origin for ikat

C20: from Malay, literally: to tie, bind
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