Monday, August 26, 2013

Fake Ikat in Fashion!

A quick post to show you some fake ikat. Check out the photo from 1931 on that page & you'll see another thing I love about textiles: simple technology often produces amazing art. 

I posted recently about real ikat, & that post includes an amazing time-lapse video of a fiber artist, if you'd like to see how it's done.

This bag is made from fabric printed to look like it's been woven in the ikat method!  This bag is from Bungalow; saw it in a shop window in Charlottesville & had to run in & inspect. They have many fabric options for the bag, only a few are ikat-like.

I've noticed such printed (vs. woven) ikat elsewhere, too, lately.   Here are some bed linens from West Elm, for example.  

And shoes from DKNY here

And an iPhone cover here.

Notice I'm not even including pics from places like World Market or Pier One, or Ten Thousand Villages...where you would expect to see ethnic textiles used on products! 

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