Purple, Brown and Gray Ikat Scarf from CambodiaMekong Blue
Woven in beautiful shades of purple, brown and gray, this silk scarf was made in Cambodia by weavers using hand looms. The scarf measures 17.5" wide x 72" long
Ikat is a dyeing technique used to pattern textiles that employs a resist dyeing process on the warp fibers, the weft fibres, or in the rare and costly 'double ikat' both warp and weft, prior to dyeing and weaving.
In ikat, the resist is formed by binding bundles of threads with a tight wrapping applied in the desired pattern. The threads are then dyed. The bindings may then be altered and the thread bundles dyed again with another color to produce elaborate, multicolored patterns. When the dyeing is finished the bindings are removed and the threads are woven into cloth. In other resist-dyeing techniques such as tie-dye and batik, the resist is applied to one face of the woven cloth, whereas in ikat the threads are dyed before weaving, and both faces are essentially identical in appearance.