: a fabric in which the yarns have been tie-dyed before weaving

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The ikat patterned benches at the foot of the bed convey personality and style. Marisa Donnelly, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Jan. 2023 Calico and ikat textiles are also running themes, and appear on lampshades, throw pillows and seating. Aileen Kwun, New York Times, 16 Sep. 2022 Gray-and-white ikat fabric replaced the gold velour. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Feb. 2023 McGregor designed custom silk shades for a pair of heirloom lamps using a silk ikat fabric sourced on eBay. Elizabeth Sweet, House Beautiful, 11 Jan. 2023 Its designs and colors can have endless variations, from multicolored stripes to ikat patterns that are popular for robes. Anna Sherman Maxime Fossat, New York Times, 3 Nov. 2022 The son’s room became a whisper of an office; in the daughter’s room, florals, ikat, and a Japanese lantern mingle effortlessly as the front parlor. Marni Elyse Katz, House Beautiful, 22 Dec. 2022 Her affinity for pattern, bold pattern to be exact, drove her to cover the table with an overscale blue-and-khaki linen ikat. Krissa Rossbund, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Sep. 2022 The 65-room property aims to channel a 1970s-era writer’s retreat with crackling fireplaces, sofas upholstered in ikat patterns, massive Murano chandeliers and shelves laden with books and curios. Amy Tara Koch, New York Times, 3 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


Malay, tying

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ikat was in 1927

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“Ikat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ikat. Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

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