Threads Of Life

Double Ikat


In Tenganan, Bali, weavers tie and dye the same pattern on both the warp and the weft, a technique called double ikat. Every pass of the weft in a double ikat must be set in place by hand, or the motifs will not register clearly. Using long fingernails or special picks made from cow-bone, a double ikat weaver will spend up to nine months slowly bringing the picture into focus.