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