\ ˈē-ˌkät How to pronounce ikat (audio) \

Definition of ikat

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

Examples of ikat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

The three generations wore matching ikat prints in the Bahamas and donned all white in Mexico. Abha Bhattarai, Washington Post, "The fashion trend that won’t go away: Matching clothes for the whole family," 10 July 2019 In the dining foyer, an elephant tusk dining table is surrounded by chairs upholstered in a cheerful ikat by Clarence house, while a Kelly Wearstler chandelier shines overhead. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "An Uninspired NYC Apartment Is Revived With Color, Charisma, and Customization," 17 Jan. 2019 Preservation may be a good idea, especially since the versatile pattern can be used in so many eye-catching ways — as seen in the roundup of five ikat items here, ranging from tea towels to bowls, serving trays, and more. 2. Mairi Beautyman, House Beautiful, "5 Stylish Ways to Slip Ikat Into the Kitchen," 28 Jan. 2014 Cult favorite Rosanna Lonsdale shows off her Hamptons-ready table lamp designs and adds their latest ikat shades to the line. Carisha Swanson, House Beautiful, "Go Inside The London Design Festival, AKA Fashion Week For Decor Addicts," 2 Oct. 2018 Each chapter presents copious riffs on specific styles, such as chinoiserie, stripes, damask and ikat, while unlocking the secrets to successful layering. Elizabeth Anne Hartman, WSJ, "The Best Interior-Design Books to Give as Holiday Presents," 5 Dec. 2018 Cabana This newish design and tabletop shop was opened by a friend of mine and features bamboo handled cutlery, glass vases in the shape of colorful fish, blown glass oil holders, and ikat table cloths. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "La DoubleJ Designer JJ Martin Shares Her Guide to Adventuring in Italy," 26 Sep. 2018 His collections have begun to include touches of his Nepali roots, too, from Spring’s sari-like draped dresses and sweaters trimmed with silver coins to the handmade ikat scarves in the store now. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Prabal Gurung Is Reviving Bleecker Street With His First Store," 2 Oct. 2018 Printed ikat, suzani, and Otomi textiles mingle in the room. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "This Colombian Fashion Designer Brings a Sophisticated Spirit Into Her Cartagena Home," 9 Aug. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'ikat.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of ikat

1927, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ikat

Malay, tying

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about ikat

Dictionary Entries near ikat








Statistics for ikat

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for ikat

The first known use of ikat was in 1927

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on ikat

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with ikat

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about ikat

Comments on ikat

What made you want to look up ikat? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


suitable to be imparted to the public

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Where in the World? A Quiz

  • peter bruegel tower of babel painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!