Home & Decor (Malaysia) - - FEATURE -

Be­lieved to have evolved in sev­eral lo­ca­tions across cen­tral and South­east Asia, Ikat has fol­lowed the trade routes of Por­tuguese colo­nial­ism to spread be­yond the re­gion to the rest of the world. De­rived from the Malay-In­done­sian word ‘mengikat’ which trans­lates to ‘tie’, the word ac­tu­ally de­scribes the dye­ing tech­nique rather than the pat­tern. Un­wa­ver­ing in pop­u­lar­ity, ikat has been seen on every­thing from de­signer dresses to var­i­ous home tex­tiles.

BO­HEMIAN SEN­SA­TION There is no hard and fast rule when it comes to dec­o­rat­ing with Ikat, which is one of the rea­sons for its en­dur­ing clout. You can go the route most taken and use Ikat to add a bo­hemian touch. This works best when paired with weath­ered wood fur­ni­ture, wo­ven ac­ces­sories, and an abun­dance of green­ery. Use it on up­hol­stery, a rug, or even as wall dec­o­ra­tions.

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