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Making It: Artisan Made Black Triangle Ikat Fabric

We are so happy to add our new ikat triangle pattern to Rustic Loom’s collection of artisan made textiles.

Here’s how we produced this artisan made ikat woven fabric:

Step 1:  Designed in Brooklyn

I started with a rough sketch in Rustic Loom's Brooklyn studio. I then re-worked the sketch into a repeated pattern on my computer using Photoshop.  After a few WhatsApp conversations back and forth with our weaver in India, I modified the design into a weavable ikat cotton fabric for home decor and ethical fashion. 

Black Ikat Triangle Fabric Artisan Made Process

Step 2:  Artisan Ikat Weaving Process- Hyderabad, India

The pattern in an ikat fabric is made by tying and dying yarns to make a design.  There are many steps to the ikat weaving process, most of the design is made before even weaving the fabric.  

First, the weavers (and family members of weavers) wind the cotton warp threads onto long skeins of yarn which will be the warp.

Winding Warp for Artisan Made Black Ikat Triangle Fabric Rustic Loom

The weavers then stretch the warp out lengthwise to prepare it for tying and dyeing the ikat pattern.

Artisan Ikat Weaving Process- Ethically Made Home Decor and Fashion

The weavers then hand draw the ikat pattern by comparing the design to their own drawing and a printout of my design.

Artisan Ikat Weaving Process- Ethically Made Home Decor and Fashion

The weavers then tie the warp yarns to make the ikat pattern.

Artisan Ikat Weaving Process- Ethically Made Home Decor and Fashion

The weavers then dye the yarns and the area where the yarns were tied in black (in photo above) are now white (in photo below).

Artisan Ikat Weaving Process- Ethically Made Home Decor and Fashion

 The warp is then stretched onto the loom and ready for weaving.

Artisan Ikat Weaving Process- Ethically Made Home Decor and Fashion

The weavers then weave the fabric on the loom, and viola, the finished fabric: 

Artisan Made Ikat Home Decor and Ethical Fashion by Rustic Loom

Step 3:  Sewn by Women's Empowerment Organization in Mumbai, India

All of our Indian artisan made fabric is sewn into products be our partner women's empowerment organization in Mumbai, India.  This organization employs women from disadvantaged areas in Mumbai to stitch Rustic Loom products.  

We send diagrams of our products and communicate with the organization via WhatsApp.  Here is Sheela, Kavita, and Babita - each of these women help support their families by stitching Rustic Loom wares. 

Artisan Made Ikat Home Decor and Ethical Fashion by Rustic Loom

 Finished products are shipped to Rustic Loom in Brooklyn, and ready to ship you!

Artisan Made Ikat Black Ikat Triangle by Rustic Loom

Click here for our full selection of black ikat triangle products

or check out recommended items here: 

Woven Cotton Ikat Tea Towel Black Triangle

 

 

 



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