The love for Ikat is eternal which is evident from the fact how all fashion houses and huge global brands are playing with contemporary look of this traditional fabric Ikat. It is because of the versatility of this fabric. This fabric has been used since centuries for designing women’s all kinds of apparels – traditional and modern but lately so many international fashion designers and brands have been spotted experimenting with Ikat for creating men garments and accessories like hats, belts, wallets, scarves etc. It is the undying crave of Ikat which makes it never go out of fashion.
The reason for the never-ending list of fans for ikat is also because of the complexity with which it is made. Every thread of the fabric is gathered into a bunch, and then tied and dipped in dyes according to the designated patterns. This creates a pattern on the yarn before it is woven in a fabric. Every ikat print comes out to be unique because each artisan uses its own technique of resist dying.
The beauty of the Ikat is so unique and mesmerizing that even from a distance, one can easily identify this print. With this blog, we will give a glance of how the traditional art of Ikat has been altered into men’s apparels and accessories.
Shirts and T-shirts
Indigo is definitely a color of this season too. Women can be seen all around flashing their Indigo Ikat kurtas and outfits in Ikat prints. Check out how international brands like j crew and Ralph lauren have played with Indigo ikat perfectly to create some unique men shirts. And they are equally suitable for casual and office wear.
PC: Pinterest/From left to right: Indigo Ikat Shirt; Ralph Lauren Ikat Shirt
If you are not a fan of prints and solid shirts would still be your choice, why not add some fun in your shirts with patches of Ikat prints. Even with small patche of prints on the arms of the shirt would make them look interesting.
The Ikat prints on the above shown shirts are a traditional Ikat Lombok tribal print. Mavazi has beautifully blended this print with bright colored solid cotton shirts.
Ikat is definitely an art where creativity is endless. Check out this animal printed Ikat shirt by Tommy ton. It is a perfect blend of traditionalism with modernity.
PC: Pinterest/J.Crew Ikat Shirt; Tommy ton Ikat Shirt
Lively, vibrant and fresh – is what defines today’s style. And Ikat patterns are truly a combination of all three. The patterns of ikat look so fresh and vivid that is used for designing clothing line like jackets and sweaters also. In fact Ikat is very popular for making summer jackets.
Rajesh Pratap Singh’s collection at Lakme fashion week spring/Summer 2012 showcased a beautiful collection of men Ikat’s patterns. Take a glimpse of the red ikat men jacket. It is a splendid combination of elegance and simplicity.
Ikat is not just about vivid colours. The black and white geometric look of Ikat is equally charming. And the prints are so versatile that you can simply play with styling.
Take a look at this half-open Ikat jacket.
As Ikat fabric is extremely breathable and comfortable for all seasons, so go ahead and design these stunning Ikat waist coat jackets. With Ikat, you can get a plethora of patterns and colors to choose from.
Play with nehru collars, pocket edges, bright buttoning, extended necklines etc. And see how Ikat with just little styling can do wonders for you.
PC:Pinterest/ Strands of Silk
Ikat Printed Shoes
Who said Ikat prints are only for clothing and home furnishings? Ikat pattern looks as alluring in foot-wears as in any kind of clothing outfit. Sporty Brands like Nike have introduced a line of Ikat patterned shoes.
And Casual sneakers with Ikat prints have already been in fashion since last few years. All international brands like Toms, t& f, Ralph lauren have an Ikat inspired Shoe line.
PC: Pinterest/ from left to right: TOMS men Ikat geometric classic shoes; Nike Ikat Shoes
Ikat Men Accessories
No doubt Ikat is a versatile piece of art. Check out these beautiful bow-ties made from Ikat printed fabrics. So, nest time you want to add some boldness and colours in your look, go for Ikat bow-ties.
Some more accessories you can create from Ikat prints can be hats, caps, socks etc. Next time, don’t go for same black and brown wallets. Try adding Ikat geometric print to your wallet.
Take a look of how a single layer of Ikat fabric can change the look of boring leather belt.
Just like we said, Ikat defines versatility. And that is why it is here to stay in fashion forever. It is one classic and traditional craft which can be easily be molded to create magnificent contemporary vintage look. And this is what makes Ikat a craving for fashion designers even today.
So, if you are also a fan of Ikat just like we are, Fabriclore is the right place to buy the widest range of Ikat fabrics with great modern patterns. “Design your own” is the mantra we live by and that’s what Fabriclore is all about.