Ikat Fabric

Ikat is a resist technique in which strategic points in the yarn are wrapped around with Cabuya (Penco) fiber to avoid dyes getting into the yarn. The patterns will appear as the textile is weaved in a backstrap loom. Weavers know by tradition which parts of the yarn need to be wrapped to create different patterns.

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Description

Ikat is a resist technique in which strategic points in the yarn are wrapped around with Cabuya (Penco) fiber to avoid dyes getting into the yarn. The patterns will appear as the textile is weaved in a backstrap loom. Weavers know by tradition which parts of the yarn need to be wrapped to create different patterns.

Artisans use different natural elements to create their dyes such as cochineal (an insect) and nogal (walnuts). The majority of the artisans started to learn this technique at the age of five years old, as this knowledge has been passed down from their parents and grandparents. Over the years, the number of Ikat weavers has been declining in Ecuador.

The Ikat shawl, known as the Makana, is an iconic accessory of the Andean women’s traditional clothing alongside with the straw hat–commonly known as the Panama Hat. Indigenous women use the shawl not only as an accessory but also use it to carry their babies on their back.

Composition: Cotton
Maximum Dimension per piece: 2 m x 65 cms or 78.7” x 25.5”
Weight: 400 grs

*Colors, patterns and density can be customize

 

Artisans

Piedad Ulloa

Jimenez Family