I bought Paul a present last week – this silk Ikat cushion from Turkey (actually, I got it in Rondebosch, just 15 minutes away!). It looks like my photo is out of focus, but it’s not – that’s just what Ikat weaving does to your eyes, and one of the reasons that hippies like it so much.
I’ve never quite understood how Ikat weaving works, so did a bit of Googling around it and found out lots, but I’m too lazy (or over-deadlined) to explain, so if you’re interested, here are some links to follow:
* Here’s the Wikipedia entry
* And a YouTube video that shows you the most complicated Ikat weaving from Japan – Ikat Kurume-Kasuri
* There’s also African Ikat style
* And I found some nice-looking Ikat style clothing too!
Gosh, I think that putting in all those links took almost as long as explaining! Back to deadlines now…