weft ikat


  1. 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.
  2. a fabric made by this method.

Origin of ikat

1930–35; < Malay: to tie, bind
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British Dictionary definitions for weft ikat


  1. 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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