Weaving has been a form of art in India that tends to beautify even the simplest of the material. Among others, Ikat is quite well-known for classy thread work, along with tie and dye process. Famous in Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Orissa, this weaving style is known by various names in different towns. It is the intricacy and beauty of the Ikat that has made it popular worldwide and a favorite among many people.
The Ikat style of weaving is an intricate process that requires tie and dye of warp bundles, covered with wax to resist the excess penetration of colors. The process can be repeated to make elaborate patterns. After that, the loom is set and the bundles are spread and tied on the loom to make the pattern visible to weaver. Then, the threads are adjusted and weaving or printing of pattern is started. Since, it is a complex procedure; extra care is required to check the accuracy of colors and set-up of threads. This weaving style has always been liked for its simplicity within the elaborate designs.