6 CONTEMPORARY WAYS TO WEAR IKAT FABRIC

The last few years have got us so accustomed to living with machine manufactured fashion that the sudden resurgence of Indian handlooms is more than just refreshing! One such noticeable revival is that of the ikat fabric.

This gorgeous hand-woven and resist-dyed fabric is a kind of weave where the threads are dyed before they are woven into the textile and the result as we know it is a fabric worth all of artisan’s effort. Luckily for us, this ikat that was earlier restricted only to saris or ikat dress material has just had a contemporary design reincarnation and we can’t help but admire it in its second innings…

There is something extremely exotic and refreshing about ikat in white. Especially given the fact that we are headed straight into summer and sunshine, these easy-breezy white dresses are more than welcome.

Off-white double ikat bow dress by KA-SHA is available at Perniaspopupshop for6,699, off white ikat jacket dress is available at Perniaspopupshop for 17,874 and off white ikat gathered maxi dress also by KA-SHA is available at Perniaspopupshop for 10,131.

Ikat is at its best when worn in blacks and whites. The classic combination of white, black and grey brings alive the weave looks simple and elegant in all cuts.

Ikat long dress is available at Bhane for 4100, black ikat dress by Khara Kapas is available at Exclusively for ₹5,995 and this black and white ikat maxi dress by Khara Kapas is available at Exclusively for ₹9,000.

Blue in all its shades is a summer staple and when worn in ikat it’s twice as light on the eyes. We can’t wait to do summer right by wearing these maxi dresses for a sunny summer afternoon brunching session.

Blue yarn dyed maxi dress by KA-SHA is available at Perniaspopupshop for ₹12,275 , the blue and tangerine long ikat dress by Khara Kapas is available at Exclusively for ₹6,985 and the embroidered motif maxi dress is available at Perniaspopupshop for ₹7,196.

These grey jackets, panel tunics and printed bodycon dresses add a whole new dimension to ikat! While it might seem difficult to imagine that ikat can be adopted into evening wear, these dresses prove otherwise! Wear these to your next evening out and make a global Indian style statement.

White Ikat tunic is available at Exclusively for ₹6,538, white ikat jacket by Anita Dongre is available at Exclusively for ₹4,990 and these grey ikat printed dresses by Hemant and Nandita are available at Exclusively for ₹25,800 and ₹15,800 each.

Ikat jumpsuits and jackets such as these may have the artsy ‘theatre crowd’ vibe, take it from us, these look just as nice and apt for any occasion provided you wear them right. Full length and super comfy suits are best worn with heels.

Blue ikat sleeveless jacket by Poonam Bajaj is available at Exclusively for ₹ 10,780, purple peplum ikat jacket is available at Perniaspopupshop for ₹19,500 and the peach ikat jumpsuit is available at Perniaspopupshop for ₹6,900.

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