Rakhi Gift Box - Ikat Handwoven Textile Theme


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A gift box for brothers with items bound in handwoven Ikat textile and a matching Rakhi. 

Ikat Gift Box Content

  • Textile: Handwoven Ikat textile sourced from rural artisans
  • One brass and Indigo-dyed jute rakhi
  • One journal bound with Ikat textile
  • One small tree bookmark
  • One tearable recycled paper notepad bound with Ikat textile
  • One Ikat textile bound pen stand(collapsible)
  • Two pencils made with Ikat print handmade paper
  • One handprinted leaflet that talks about the origins and process of Ikat
  • One jute paper-bound gift box
  • Dimensions:  Gift box - 16.50 x 23.50 x 4.80 cms

About: Ikat

Ikat fabric is a remarkable example of textile art, renowned for its intricate patterns and vibrant colours. The history of Ikat in India is deeply rooted in the country's rich cultural tapestry, with evidence suggesting its presence as far back as the 6th century.

The term "Ikat" comes from the Malay-Indonesian word "mengikat," meaning "to tie," which is a reference to the fabric's unique dyeing technique. In this process, the yarns are intricately tied and dyed before weaving, resulting in distinctive blurred patterns that are characteristics of Ikat.

Ikat fabric involves a unique dyeing process that generates distinctive textile patterns. This technique entails binding and resist-dyeing the yarns before weaving. The method starts by tightly wrapping specific yarns or yarn bundles in a chosen pattern. After dyeing these yarns, the bindings can be repositioned to form a new design, followed by additional dyeing in different colours. This multi-step process, often repeated several times, results in complex, colourful patterns. Once dyeing is complete, the bindings are removed, and the yarns are woven into fabric. This differentiates Ikat from other resist-dyeing methods like tie-dye and batik, where the resist is applied after weaving.

Different regions in India have developed their own distinct Ikat styles. Notably, the states of Gujarat, Odisha, and Andhra Pradesh are famous for their unique Ikat traditions. In Gujarat, the Patola Ikat is renowned for its precision and elaborate patterns, often depicting flora, fauna, and geometric shapes. Odisha's Sambalpuri Ikat is famous for its traditional motifs and the symbolic representation of local folklore and culture. Andhra Pradesh's Pochampally Ikat is distinguished by its geometric patterns and the use of vibrant colours.

Historically, Ikat was a symbol of style and social status, with intricate designs often indicating the high social standing of the wearer. The process of making Ikat was labour-intensive and required a high degree of skill, making it a valued craft.

Today, Indian Ikat remains a popular fabric in India and internationally, appreciated for its aesthetic beauty and the skilled craftsmanship it represents. It continues to inspire fashion designers and artisans around the world, while also adapting to contemporary styles and preferences.

Please note: The textile may have minor imperfections as it is handwoven on looms and on the papers as they are handmade from recycled cotton rags. These imperfections are natural and add beauty to the product as each piece is unique.


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