Mlavi Studio's Ikat Collection Celebrates The Beauty of Ikat Patterns
Personally, I love colors and also fascinated by beautiful patterns, so when I first discovered Ikat pattern, it was love at the first sight.
This centuries old traditional fabric dying technique uses a resist dying and woven method. Creating an ikat print is a complicated process that involves binding the threads, piecemeal dying, and weaving everything together after the threads have been dyed. Because of this, ikat fabrics are instantly recognizable by their up-and-down, almost bleeding-dye quality.
Ikat technique has been practiced all over the world, from Mexico to Uzbekistan and Cambodia to Japan. Each has distinctive designs and methods. Ikat cloth encodes identity, history and change, as well as personal and cultural creative visions.
A characteristic of ikat textiles is an apparent "blurriness" to the design. The blurriness is a result of the extreme difficulty the weaver has lining up the dyed yarns so that the pattern comes out perfectly in the finished cloth. The blurriness can be reduced by using finer yarns or by the skill of the artists. Ikats with little blurriness, multiple colours and complicated patterns are more difficult to create and therefore often more expensive. However, the blurriness that is so characteristic of ikat is often prized by textile collectors.
Ikat is produced in many traditional textile centers around the world, from India to Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Japan (where it is called kasuri), Africa and Latin America. During our preparation of developing this collection, we had a colorful journey from country to country, from one period to another by tracing some amazing design inspirations.
The diversity of techniques, styles, tastes formed by unique history and cultures shaped their unique looks and feels. For example double ikats features both the warp and weft yarns are tied and dyed before being woven into a single textile—are relatively rare because of the intensive skilled artists required to produce them. Still, in Okinawa islands of Japan, the village of Tenganan in Indonesia, and the villages of Puttapaka and Bhoodan Pochampally in Telangana in India, they are produced by passionate and skillful artisans. But in India alone, different regions have their indigenous Ikat weaving techniques.
The conceptual and technical mastery of ikat dyers and weavers from around the world has inspired us to design this Ikat collection that includes vegan leather bags, wallets and accessories. This collection contains Bori cross body bags, Seattle cross body bags, flat wallets, vintage style kiss lock frame coin purses and small pouches. They feature 37 lovely Ikat pattern prints that we love.
Ikat collection is also available for wholesale to gift shops, clothing and fashion accessories boutiques, museum gift stores in Canada, USA and worldwide. We ship globally with DHL. For more information, please visit http://www.mlavi.com/mlavi-ikat-themed-vegan-bag-wallet-and-accessories-wholesale.html