India dominated the global textile trade from antiquity until the industrial revolution of the late 19th century. The aesthetics that originated in India have endured, just modified by a bit. They have helped reshape major design vocabularies in the world. French Kimono, Trance Hippy style, Ivy Seersuckers have all from India. If we look keen, there are examples of Indian origin designs that is both aesthetic and technical. The Indian story is the story of culture and giving- India has given the world so much more than we know or think about.
Ikat Printing takes in a very rare form of printing. The patterns are tie-dyed on to yarns before weaving, which leads to the longish ‘flame’ like patterns develop on the fabric. It is said that the technique emerged thousands of years ago, but India has mastered the art like no other place. In 12th century, ‘double ikat‘ or ‘Patola‘ was being produced in Patan, Gujarat. In the 18th century, French borrowed the style and made a type of ikat on silk by printing warp yarns.