When In Doubt, Wear Ikat | Loom Tree
Prints and patterns are on trend for Spring Summer 2017 and one of my favourites is the Ikat on light and airy fabrics making it easy for you to stay trendy without letting the heat pull you down. The elaborate designs of Ikat bring to mind adjectives like printed, geometric, and cool & calm and seem to be everywhere this summer, including scarves and jewellery, home decor, and even fun summer pants!
Ikat trousers paired with a striking Chikankari blouse and classic Kohlapuris. The Ikat pattern adds an exotic and jet-setting aesthetic while radiating a subtle charm, and a vitalizing energy.
What is it about Ikat that tugs at our heart strings?
To me it is the fact that this technique has been around for a long time and is being reinvented by fashion to make a larger impact in the modern day. Ikat patterns exude a charm of the traditional days of yore and yet they fit so perfectly into any upscale fashion piece as if they were meant to be. I perceive Ikat as blown up pixelated images which have been intricately drafted to create a thing of beauty.
What is Ikat?
While time has eventually related Ikat with the pattern, it is originally the name of the dyeing and weaving technique that is used to create the pattern. Derived from its Indonesian name “Mengikat” which means “to tie” in Malay, this technique of tie-resist-dyed yarn involves the tying of threads before they are dyed to create designs that are then woven into the fabric – giving Ikat fabrics their signature blurred edges. This technique creates patterns on both faces of the fabric. Single Ikat patterns are formed when only the warp yarn is dyed while double Ikat patterns come about when both the warp and weft yarns are patterned. Like the double Ikat Patolas of Patan or absolutely simple and clean like the single Ikats of Andhra Pradesh.
Outfit Description: I’m seen in a pair of Loom Tree blue-solid mid-rise trousers that feature two pockets and a wide waistband with comfortable drawstring fastening. I’ve let the pattern steal the show by playing it down with a neutral blouse and a simple pair of Kohlapuris. As for the hint of pink on my lips, I’ve picked L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lip Colour which reflects my enthusiasm and joie de vivre.
Function: This is a perfect example of a pair of trousers that can go from work to date night. If you’re heading to the boardroom then pick a white tee and a blue or white blazer along with a smart pair of wedges to complete the look. But if you’ve got a date on your mind then play naughty with a white crop top and delicate heel. Overall, these Ikat patterned trousers are fun and, super-comfortable, and I have no doubt will get a lot of use this season.
Are you planning to add the exotic Ikat to your closet this season? Do you already own a beautiful Ikat piece or do you know designers who are working on this pattern? Then do share the links and pictures in comments below, I would love to hear from you!
*Disclaimer: This review was done on an invitation from Loom Tree, and is a narrative of the author’s experience. Due judgement and care has been applied by the author to remain objective and unbiased in the review.
Photographer: Poornima M Reddy