Summer is so close, but so far away at the same time. Final exams are coming up this week, and to tell the truth I should probably be studying right now… I am so excited this school year is ending, but looking back it was a pretty good one (and really fast too!). Things especially started looking up when I started up acoriginals this winter, so a big thanks to everyone who follows us!
Ikat is the most popular print this season, but it also has a pretty interesting history too. Here’s just a bit of the story.
‘Ikat’ (pronounced ‘ee-KAHT’) is from the Malaysian word ‘mengikat’ or ‘to tie’. During the traditional process weavers tie loose threads together with grasses or wax-treated cotton to distinguish where the dye needs to be absorbed into the thread (this is sort of like tie-dye). The tribal print originated during the Dark Ages in parts of South America and Southeast Asia, but has grown to be a worldwide favorite.
It was originally very difficult for weavers to make (read more about it here), but modern dyeing techniques allow it to be recreated at an astonishing rate. However in the past, rather than dyeing the textile at the end of the weaving process, threads got their color before being woven into fabric. This left weavers with the difficult task of determining where the thread needed to go in order for the desired print to be achieved. The traditional process is hard, but the end product is a beautiful print with a bit of a blurry effect. The link earlier in this paragraph also shows pictures of different types of Ikat developed around the world- they’re pretty cool, so check them out!
This dressy bohemian print is found just about everywhere because of its versatility. The tribal aspects of it are surprisingly easy to incorporate into modern themes, and it ends up adding a unique flair rather than looking too traditional. You can find it in clothing, furniture, accessories, and other home decor items. Multi-colored Ikat is my favorite for clothing, but you can easily find it in one color if you want a simpler look.
But back to the outfit…
These colorful shorts are just great. They’ll go with anything you put them with, but stick to solid colors and stay away from major embellishments. These shorts are a fashion statement and do not need to be competing with other pieces! We paired them with a flawy, simple white tank and some pink ruffle shoes.
Here’s another similar outfit with Ikat shorts, and the links to what you see are below the picture!
That’s all I have for you today! Be sure to keep checking in and leaving feedback (I love hearing what y’all think!)! I hope everyone has a great week; go find some Ikat!