ikkat sarees are a type of traditional handwoven sarees that originate from India. " ikkat" refers to the dyeing technique used to create the fabric. The word "ikkat" itself means "to bind" in the Indonesian language, as the process involves tying and dyeing the yarn before it is woven into the fabric.
In the ikkat technique, the threads are tied in specific patterns to resist the dye, creating unique designs and motifs. These tied threads are then dyed, and once the dye has set, the threads are carefully woven into the fabric, resulting in the intricate patterns. The designs in ikkat sarees can range from geometric shapes to intricate floral patterns, depending on the region and the skill of the weaver.
These sarees are known for their vibrant colours and intricate designs, making them highly sought after. They are typically made from natural fibres such as silk or cotton, and the weaving process is often done on traditional handlooms. Each saree is a work of art, and the weaving technique requires precision and skill.
ikkat sarees are popular not only in India but also internationally, as they are admired for their unique beauty and cultural significance. They are often worn on special occasions, festivals, and weddings, showcasing the rich textile heritage of India.