One of the looks I’m in love with right now is ikat—a dyeing technique that has been used to pattern textiles around the world for centuries. Several of the products at my fair trade shop The Little Market are decorated with this beautiful pattern.
The word ikat comes from the Indonesian word mengikat meaning “to tie,” because the technique involves tying loose threads into bundles, then dyeing them to create beautiful patterns. This technique has been seen in Southeast Asia, India, China, Japan, Turkey, and South America.
Scroll down to see the process and shop the ikat items available on The Little Market.
Tying the bundles is a complex process, and is usually performed by highly skilled female artisans who have been practicing ikat techniques for years.
The beautiful design created by the individualized process makes every product unique… and hard to resist! When used on accessories and bags, it creates a signature sophisticated look that can complement any outfit.
I love traveling with my weekend bag from India. The handles and straps are accented with antiqued hardware to add a charming vintage-inspired touch.
This cross-body bag is the perfect accessory for a day of sightseeing. I carried it everywhere I went when we traveled to Guatemala for The Little Market. It comes in different colors and sizes, so you can choose the perfect one for your style.
It was amazing meeting the female artisans in Guatemala who make these beautiful overnight bags. I was able to learn about their technique and develop a deep appreciation for their craft. Our “Capri” overnight bag features the ikat technique. And we’re excited to add more ikat bags to our collection next year!
Which style is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!