#107 Philippine Ikat weave


Ikat weave from Mindanao, Philippines

Ikat or ikkat, is a style of weaving that uses a resist dyeing process similar to tie-dye on either the warp or weft before the threads are woven to create a pattern or design. A double ikat is when both the warp and the weft are tie-dyed before weaving.

Ikat which means “to tie” or “to bind” in the Indonesian language has a Philippine variant known for its colors and striking designs. Philippine ikat weaving is mostly practiced in the Cordilleras in northern Philippines by the Ifugao tribes and other ethnic groups in Mindanao which employ ikat techniques in producing their well-known tapestries.

Heirloom and antique ikat tapestries from these tribes are collectors items and often fetch high prices for their outstanding craftsmanship that showcase intricate weave patterns and motifs.

Long live Philippine weaving!


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5 responses to “#107 Philippine Ikat weave

  1. Eli Di

    Hi, I was wondering if you know where I can buy Philippine Ikat fabric?

  2. malu castillo & jojie yap

    we can help you find one really authentic ikat…

  3. WOW!! BEAUTIFUL!! ARTISTIC!! :)) ♥ it
    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

  4. Truly weavers can be found anywhere in the Philippines.

  5. MAC

    Ikat is a resist DYEING technique and not a type of weaving! As you say the patterns are resist DYED into the threads before cloth construction ( weaving ) is even begun. A warp and weft must be intertwined to produce fabric but the patterns in ikat are PRE-DYED in the threads and not created at the time of weaving nor by the intertwinning of the warp and weft. A better title for the above photo would be Warp Ikat textile from Mindanao, leaving out the misleading word WEAVE altogether! Long live Philippine IKAT!!!

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