Words by David Keyte,
I've long been a fan of IKAT fabrics, often called KASURI in Japan. That was where we first saw and admired this type of fabric in traditional garments mostly in Indigo dyes.
Stephanie wears, Navy Handloom Ikat Road Shirt, Pleated Track Pant, UW x Birkenstock- Boston Sand, David Wears, Charcoal Handloom Ikat Road Shirt, Navy Twill Pleated Track Pant, câbleami® Pork Pie Hat, UW. x Sebago
The fabric can be either single or double IKAT, double being more expensive and more difficult to make, as the pattern is made of tie-dyed or space-dyed yarns in both warp and weft, (i.e up and across the fabric). They have the same pattern on the back and front due to the nature of the weave. These are made from small batches woven on slow narrow looms, creating double-sided, soft handful fabric, perfect for a shirt for a late summer evening.
A characteristic of IKAT is the “blurriness” of the pattern, this is created due to the extreme difficulty for the weavers to line up the pre-dyed yarns. For me, these “imperfections” bring out IKATS handmade charm and beauty.
For our new selection of IKAT's, we brought together some of our older patterns in new colours and new patterns in Indigo, all in limited numbers. Each one is a unique piece of history, yet a modern statue at the same time. We think, durable but comfortable, distinctive and stylish... A perfect piece of Universal Works then!