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.