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West Elm Citrine Ikat Pillow, Blue Ikat Clutch, Oscar de la Renta
silk print dress
, Ikat poufRed Ikat Rug, Silk Ikat Pillow, Buffet Lamp, Twelfth Street Tote, West Elm Ellery Chair
images via Apartment Therapy

I had no idea, until I started investigating for this post, that “ikat” refers to the process of dying the yarn that makes the beautiful fabric we usually just call ikat (pronounced “ee-cot”). The process is something like tie-dying and the word originates from the Indonesian language. Depending on usage it can mean cord, knot, thread, to tie, to bind, or just refer to the resulting ikat fabric.

Being a word nerd, I totally love this. And there is no shortage of ikat in the market. As you see above, from rugs to lampshades, ikat patterns are a dominant trend in fashion and home accessories. How marvelous is that Oscar de la Renta? I want to put it on and wander through a Morroccan souk. There’s another fun word for ya’.

xoxo, Shannon  

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