Ikkat weaving is one of the most complicated and time consuming ways to pattern cloth. The weavers are highly skilled in this centuries old tradition.
As the pre dyed weft yarns are woven into the cloth, the pattern magically reappears. It’s just amazing that things line up the way they do, that all the measuring and dying and spooling can all be planned so well. The tools are primitive; they haven’t changed since hundreds of years. Ikkat is soft fabric and medium weight cotton.