Ikat and tie-dye have both made a comeback–especially in the world of home decor. While I know many of you associate these patterns with hippies, and 1960s 1970s acid culture, today’s ikat and tie-dyes are fresh, modern and unexpected. I promise!
Wondering where these two prints come from exactly? Both are created using a resist-dyeing method. The word ikat is a Malay (one of the many Indonesian languages) word that means to tie or bind. It’s a traditional fabric weaving and dyeing technique that has existed for hundreds of years, dating back to at least to the pre-Colombian era. Tie-dye is also an ancient dying technique that involves binding, however the main difference is that ikat involves dying before the fabric is actually woven, whereas tie-dying is done with already woven fabric. As a result of the differences in technique, there are variations in the patterns created.
So, how is it possible for these two ancient techniques to present as fresh and modern? I assure you it is possible.
1. Indigo Tie-Dye Napkin
Image: Furbish Studio
These gorgeous indigo napkins are a perfect example of modern tie-dye for the home. The monochromatic palette elevates the technique and indigo is such an elegant color.
2. Pretty Tie-dye Pillow
Want a fresh and elegant example of updated tie-dye? Perfect to freshen and brighten up the bedroom or living areas, there’s not even a whiff of Haight-Ashbury in this pillow’s light design.
3. Tie-dye Duvet Cover
Image: One Kings Lane
This pretty purple and white tie-dye duvet cover is from Diane Von Furstenberg and it’s very hip and chic, just like her famous wrap dresses.
4. Ikat Sofa
To incorporate some modern ikat into your home, this two-color ikat sofa can add bit of texture and freshness, and is completely on trend.
5. Ikat Duvet Cover
Here’s another duvet option, this one from West Elm, featuring a gorgeous three-color linked ikat pattern.
6. Ikat Curtains
And for the windows, how about these gray, yellow, white, and chocolate brown window panels? Make a statement and add a playful vibe to your home.
7. Shibori Tie-dye Sheets
How would you like to climb into these relaxing shibori tie-dye sheets at the end of a long day? I sure would! They are gorgeous and calming.
Top Image: West Elm
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