Monday, March 28, 2011

Tribal Chic

Ethnic influences return to the fore with the return of traditional techniques like tie and dye, ikat and vegetable dyes. Their appearance in simple motifs, stripes and geometric patterns makes them even more accessible and visually appealing and we find them all around us. 

Man has always look towards nature for inspiration when it comes to colours and motifs and even patterns, this reference of ours never seems to replenish.

The traditional craft of Ikat, or Ikkat, is particulalry hot this season and it is the method of weaving that uses a resist dyeing process similar to tie-dye on either the warp or weft fibres. The dye is applied prior to the threads being woven to create the final fabric pattern or design. Ikat translates beautifully into textile for garments and interiors.


This season's tribal trend consists of strong, graphic prints (black and white graphics mixed with darker prints is a recognizable element) combined with warm, earthy tones (black, browns, deep reds and oranges) and natural accents (straw, wood). Its hot this season and we are weaving away this trend on our rugs and carpets!

Photo credits: Images from various sources on the World Wide Web
Header images: Vegetable dye images from various sources on the World Wide Web

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