The Ikat Process

Ikat weaving is locally called Bandha (meaning ‘to tie’)  in Odisha, the largest centre for intricate and fine curvilinear ikat designs (popular across the world as Sambalpuri Ikats). The Ikat technique requires the yarns to be tied and dyed repeatedly in accordance to the design to bring about the desired colours at the desired places and ultimately with the simple interlacement of the threads the design is produced on the fabric. There are many hidden processes involved before and after the sari is born on the loom. Such an elaborate process employs entire families dedicated into weaving a single ikat sari.

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