The Secret to Creating an Ikat (it’s not what you think it is!)

Updated: Apr 29

You’d be forgiven for thinking a modern Ikat is created with some sort of Photoshop effect. I mean, look at that lined texture. It’s so neat.

That’s what we here on the content team thought before diving into our Ikat-themed social media week. Because so many miraculous effects can be achieved with our friend, Photoshop, we just expected this to be the same.

BUT we were wrong. So wrong.  Senior designer Katrina explains the wonderful way Ikat is actually created.

A brush! A physical brush rather than the digital kind. Here’s how to re-create these Ikat-style elements the analogue way.

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1. Sketch out your design on your paper first

“You need a plan. It’s easier to paint an Ikat exactly how you want the finished design to look as you are limited as to what you can change in Photoshop.

Look at traditional Ikats for ideas on the shapes you want to incorporate and combine these shapes to create your own new pattern. Make sure you have enough detail in here to keep your design interesting, and that all your shapes work in with the other shapes in the design.

As you paint your Ikat, it’s very important to keep your paint strokes going in the same direction consistently to mimic the staggered threads of the weave. This is the key defining characteristic of the Ikat design. It might take a little patience but hang in there!”