Proenza Schouler’s pre-fall collection at NYFW used ikat abundantly which Meenal Mistry describes as..”..a highly refined take on the pieces you see worn by college students of the bohemian persuasion..” May issue of WWD carried an article that said, “For fall, batik and ikat prints will appear on everything from sportswear-inspired silhouettes to home decor.”
I see the above sentiments, blending unintentionally, here in India…
Ikat wristband/jacket|Nachiket Barve Winter ’11.. Backstage..
Headgear made out of pleated Ikat fabrics|Little Shilpa. Winter ’11. Backstage.
Retarded Velvet-winter ’11. Photo via RV lookbook.
Cotton Ikat Trench by Mathieu G for The Bungalow. Photo via Mathieu.
Man on cycle in Elampillai, Salem. Photo from my last month’s trip. Elampillai’s economy depends mainly on textile industry. On a sort of connected note, read more here-village of poor handloom weavers.“
Tania bought the fabric from Fab India‘s sofa fabric section & got the jacket/shorts both stitched for Rs. 1000. The lining inside is from Anwar Ali(?) 120Rs. a metre. Clutch & shoes are Zara. Photo taken at Hyatt, LFW ’11.
In the last one month, ikat has been on the runways, has been picked up from home decor stores & turned in to clothing, has been on a small town cyclist, on a lungi..and in the process, has silently connected people of the world.