Stormy Blue Cotton Ikat by Merchant & Mills
$32.00 per metre
Indigo blue and white ikat weave. A summer weight dressmaking cotton. Suitable for breezy tops, dresses and loose fitting trousers.
Made in India
Priced by the metre
Sold in 10cm increments
(ex. 0.3 = 30cm, 1.3 = 130cm, etc)
Minimum cut: 20cm
Ikat is a resist dyeing technique where the threads used for weaving are dyed beforehand. The Ikat threads are bound in a pattern so that the threads covered by the binding ‘resist’ the dye, creating a design. The more binding done before weaving, the more complicated the pattern. Ikat cloths are prone to slubs and often have ties in the cloth where one weaver ends and another begins, the ties will be on the wrong side of the cloth. These are part of the character and beauty of the hand weaving process and are not considered flaws.
For the first couple of washes, place the fabric in the washing machine drum at 30 or 40 degrees with a handful of table salt. This will help fix the dye to prevent it running.