Our collection of ikats each have their own story. The creative process is the really fun part of life at No Chintz. Chrissie and Lisa work together with skeins of colour to develop colour schemes and collections. Above: Chair in Cashew Nut Love Orange, $85 p/m, cushion in Flowers on Water Parrot, $75 p/m, lampshade in Ikat Spot Yellow, $85 p/m.
Then the collaboration process with our mills and weavers in India begins. We’re so lucky to have weavers with hundreds of years of experience and history between them.
So, what is an ikat?
The term “ikat” is both a noun and a verb. The noun is the thread and the finished cloth, the verb is the process; the resist dyeing process. Threads are “Resist” or tie dyed before they are woven. It is a very involved and intricate process and requires not only creative flare, but also a good mathematical brain. Designs are usually worked out on graph paper. The defining characteristic of the ikat is that the pattern is dyed into the thread before the cloth is constructed; these dyed threads, once woven, form the pattern of the fabric. The precision of the wrapping or tying process cannot be understated, it determines the clarity of the end design. Great care must be taken when putting the dyed thread on the loom, keeping all the threads in position is necessary for the design to work.
Our new ikat fabrics:
Above: The new colours in our Jali range, Green/Turquoise White and Turquoise/Green/White. $85 p/m.
Above: Lomandra in Tangerine, Cornflower and Jade. $75 p/m.
These fabrics make beautiful soft furnishings – cushions, curtains, lamp shades, bed heads… the options are endless!
Above: Bench seat, featuring our Ikat Spot fabric in Blue, $75 p/m.
Above: Curtain in Bindi Surf, $85 p/m.
We just love ikats! We love the craftsmanship and the history… the process is so traditional… the result so perfect!