Ikat weaving, Nua Patna, Odisha – India 2018

Ikat weaving is an amazing process where designs are woven into fabric using pre-dyed threads.

Once the weaver has come up with a design, they measure the weft threads and tie them into tight bundles. The threads are then dyed and un-tied.

Tying the threads to be dyed
Dyed threads in the process of being un-tied
Weaving the dyed threads into the desired pattern

The next step is to weave the threads into the design. If the design is a complicated one, this can involve two people lining up the pattern dyed into each thread to ensure that the design comes out correctly.

Completed sarees