The sacredness and magical quality of the ikat
technique was so well established in different cultures, that the Indian ikats
carried by the traders became an integral part of the rites of passage in these places.
Casual beauty is the signature of Karastan's Intermezzo collection, which includes designs ranging from ikats
, suzanis and ethnic tribals to exploded florals and Jacobean patterns.
Mary Neff completed her master bedroom with the red and white ikats
and used the turquoise chevrons in her guest room.
and textiles of the Dayak Benuaq and some indigenous bark cloths.
can have seven or more colours, others only two or three.
Fashion designers used a lot of these fabrics this year," such as ikats
, Carley said.
Ideal for those design-oriented consumers who want a feel of nature indoors, hemp and jute collections were among the standouts at market, whether showcased alone with trendy patterns such as ikats
and geometries or mixed with other fibers such as chenilles.
Hard-edged geometrics and shocking brights are softened this season through textural effects such as ikats
, cross-dyed and space-dyed yarns," said Christine D'Ascoli, vice president of creative services at Covington Industries.
Strong designs such as ikats
and ethnic looks and big, chunky textures also continued to gain ground.
The Spice Route, Olden Day China and the Forbidden City inspire flamboyant ikats
, bright saris and colors such as exotic reds, imperial oranges and clay pinks.
This group follows the recent addition of Indian Sojourn, a soumak collection of ikats
for the company's David Easton for Safavieh Couture, which will also be shown.
A group of "Nomad" prints include ikats
inspired by the robes of Nomadic tribes of the Silk Road.