Process

Ikat Production Proccess
The term ikat comes from the Malay word mengikat, meaning to tie or to bind. This refers to the tie-dyeing method used to give these textiles their unque vibrancy of colour and design. Ikat has now come to refer to the textiles themselves as well as the process.
The following series of images show how Central Asian ikats are made, and are specific to current ikat production at Marghilan in Uzbekistan. The workshop there continues to use traditional inherited methods and so provides a good understanding of how ikats are produced using the warp ikat technique.
 
 

    Grabbing silk filaments from a pot of boiling cocoons

 

 

Threads wound onto a turining frame

 

 

A vertical frame holding several bobbins feeds the threads onto a very large spinning wheel

 

 

Warp threads on the patterning frame ready to be marked out of dyeing

 

 

Reeling the bobbins of silk

 

 

 

Partially died warp threads with areas bound in preparation for the next dye bath

 

 

 

 

 Warp bundles are dyed